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

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A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.



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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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Release Date:

27 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nightmare 3 - Freddy lebt  »

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,880,555, 1 March 1987, Wide Release

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The original teaser trailer featured a little girl in her bedroom singing Freddy's rhyme and the Freddy claw popping out of a popsicle stick house. See more »


(at around 7 mins) While Kristen runs carrying the little girl it becomes apparent that she's only running with a doll. See more »


William 'Will' Stanton: In my dreams I can walk. My legs are strong. In my dreams I am the Wizard Master.
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Crazy Credits

All the grips are nicknamed "Bob", except for the last, which is a variation on the name. See more »


Dream Warriors
Composed and Performed by Dokken
Available on Elektra/Asylum Records & Tapes
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One of the better 'ELM STREET' films in the series!
19 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I've been a fan of Chuck Russell's films ever since his 1994 classic THE MASK. Each one of his movies have a strong amount of slickness and energy, especially A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS. It's one of the better 'ELM STREET' films in the series and was one of the cinematic highlights of 1987. Like THE LOST BOYS, which was also released in 1987, it has style, imagination, a good premise, and gore. It does have a few faults though. Some of the special effects are dated and look quite cheesy and the flick seems to rely more on blood than genuine scares at times. Also, while by no means terrible, Heather Langenkamp's performance is not quite up to par with her performance in the first 'ELM STREET' and NEW NIGHTMARE. Occasionally it feels like she's phoning it in. These faults don't hurt the movie too much. It's still a enjoyable horror picture that holds up relatively well today. It may not be as good as the first A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, but it's much better than most third installments are. I give it 7/10.

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