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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

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Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.



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Picking up where the original Nightmare left off, Nancy has grown up and become a psychiatrist specializing in dream therapy. She meets a group of children at a local hospital facing Freddy Krueger, the same demon she once encountered in her sleep. One of them is Kristen, who has the power to draw other people into her dreams. Working with a male doctor assigned to the case, Nancy helps the kids realize their special abilities within the nightmare world. When Freddy captures one of her charges, she leads a rescue attempt into Krueger's domain, in hopes of putting his spirit to rest once and for all. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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(at around 1h 19 mins) At the very end of the first film, when Nancy is in the car with all of her friends the car goes driving off without their control. This is the same car that we see in this movie. It is the car in the junkyard that has Freddy's bones in it. See more »


(at around 1h 14 mins) In the Alley scene with Taryn, Freddy Krueger claw is clearly missing a blade on one of the fingers. See more »


Lorenzo: Hi, sweet stuff. Good news.
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Lorenzo: Pulled night duty.
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Lorenzo: [twirling keys] So, got the keys to heaven, baby.
Taryn White: What?
Lorenzo: The dispensary. I'm talking clean pharmaceutical high, a night at Club Meth.
Taryn White: I don't do that shit.
Lorenzo: [grabs Taryn's wrist exposing needle tracks on her arm] Yeah? What are those, beauty marks?
Taryn White: Those are ancient history.
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An Excellent Sequel And One Of The Best Films in The Elm Street Series.
28 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3:Dream Warriors is easily one of the best films in the Elm Street series,an excellent sequel that's filled with wonderful,atmospheric direction,great characters,haunting imagery and great special effects. It's not only one of my favorites in Elm Street series and one of my favorite Horror movie sequels,but one of my favorite sequels in general.

Set six years after the first film,Dream Warriors tells the story about a group of troubled teenagers who are patients at psychiatric hospital who are all having nightmares and are being stalked by dream demon Freddy Krueger(Robert England). Now with the help of Nancy Thompson(Heather Langenkamp,survivor of the first film)and Dr. Neil Gordon(Craig Wasson)the teens are going to figure out how to stop Freddy and get rid of him once and for all.

I think one of the reasons Dream Warriors is an excellent sequel is because this takes the concept of Wes Craven's(who co-wrote the script for this film)brilliant,groundbreaking first film and takes a step further with this film. Instead of having Freddy come into your dreams and your nightmares and killing you,DW has Freddy going into teenagers dream worlds and nightmares and taking the things that teenagers like or dislike and turning it against them. It's a scary concept for this film because it makes Freddy more powerful not just from a physical advantage,but a mental advantage. The Nightmare and dream sequences are effective,dark and imaginative and will have you on the edge of your seat with lots of tension and suspense that is like a tightrope and you will feel like you are inside the nightmares and dreams and you want to wake up. The first 10-15 minutes of the film set the tone for the rest of the film,showing viewers a world where teenage suicide is just a normal occurrence and happens all the time. It was pretty daring for a film to take on such a taboo subject like suicide during the 80s(remember this was 2 years before Heathers hilariously tackled the subject of suicide)and I think that's one of the things,along with the dream sequences that add to the dark and Gothic tone of the film and make the film bleaker than it is. The characters in the film are well-developed and likable and when things start to go wrong you will feel sympathy for them and root for them as the film goes on. One of the things that I've always liked about the Elm Street films and what sets them apart from other slasher films is that the characters are not just faceless victims waiting to be killed or slaughtered,but are well-developed characters that viewers can relate to and identify with and this film is no exception. The Action and violence in the film is well-done and fits the tone of this film and while the film is not as completely bloody or gory as the first two films DW has a few moments of blood and gore. The character Freddy Krueger is creepy in this film and spits out darkly funny one-liners something which has divided Horror fans for years as many have said that the film made Freddy from a scary villain to comical one I say yes and no to that. Yes because the later films made him less scarier and more of a comedian and the star of the films no because many fans seem to forget that Freddy had always had a twisted since of humor especially in the first two films that is often overlooked because Freddy was always in the shadows and dark. Freddy's an excellent character and has never been a silent slasher movie villain and the character had to evolve and do more things otherwise the series would've never gone on. I can understand most fans complaints about the Freddy character,but maybe because of his personality and one-liners Freddy's one of my favorite movie characters. The ending of the film will shock and surprise viewers because it's a twist that you will not see coming or expect and is one of the things that adds to the greatness of the film.

The whole cast is great in their roles. Heather Langenkamp does a wonderful job as Nancy who returns from the first film to help the teenagers fight Freddy. Craig Wasson does a great job as Dr. Neil Gordan,the doctor who cares about his patients and Wasson has a great chemistry with Langenkamp. Patrica Arquette(in her film debut)is excellent as Kristen,a girl who has a powerful gift. Robert Englund is scary and menacing as Freddy,while saying great one-liners. Laurence Fishburne does a wonderful job as Max an orderly who cares for the patients. Jennifer Ruben does a good job as Taryn,a recovering drug addict who is tough. Ken Sagoes is great as the short-tempered,but sympathetic Kincaid. Nan Martin is creepy as the mysterious nun Sister Mary Helena. John Saxon returns from the first film as Donald Thompson and gives a good performance. Ira Helden does a fine job as Will. Rodney Eastman gives a good performance as Joey,a teen who doesn't talk. Bradley Gregg(Phillip),Penelope Sudrow(Jennifer),Prisilla Pointer(Dr. Simms)and Brooke Bundy(Elaine Parker)give good performances as well. Also lookout for cameos from Dick Cavett and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

The direction from Chuck Russell is great,with Russell effective and dark atmosphere giving the film a sense of dread and energy. Great direction.

The score by Angelo Badalamenti is creepy and scary and fits with the film's dark tone. Great score. The film also has great songs from Dokken including the great title track Dream Warriors and Into The Fire. Great songs.

The special effects in the film are amazing especially with the Freddy make-up and the special effects hold up well.

In final word,if you love Horror films or the Nightmare On Elm Street films I highly suggest you see A Nightmare On Elm Street 3:Dream Warriors a great Horror film that is one of best films in the series. Highly Recommended. 10/10.

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