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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors -- Often described as the best of the Elm Street sequels, Kristen Parker is placed in a hospital psychiatric ward with six other troubled teens, who all dream about the same horrible Freddy Krueger trying to kill them.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors -- As Freddy Krueger continues his murdering, the kids, led by Freddie's main opponent in the first film, prepare to fight back.


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Release Date:
27 February 1987 (USA) See more »
Freddy's just around the corner... See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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This sequel seems to be less darker than the original and the 1985 sequel but it's extremely well made sequel that made Freddy a star. See more (299 total) »


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Directed by
Chuck Russell 
Writing credits
Wes Craven (story) and
Bruce Wagner (story)

Wes Craven (screenplay) and
Bruce Wagner (screenplay) and
Frank Darabont (screenplay) and
Chuck Russell (screenplay)

Wes Craven (characters)

Produced by
Wes Craven .... executive producer
Stephen Diener .... executive producer
Niki Marvin .... associate producer
Sara Risher .... co-producer
Robert Shaye .... producer
Rachel Talalay .... line producer
Steve Thompson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Roy H. Wagner 
Film Editing by
Terry Stokes 
Chuck Weiss 
Casting by
Annette Benson 
Art Direction by
C.J. Strawn 
Mick Strawn 
Set Decoration by
James R. Barrows 
Costume Design by
Camile Morris  (as Camile Schroeder)
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects sequences
H. Wayne Coker .... key hair stylist
Mike Elizalde .... puppeteer
Screaming Mad George .... makeup artist
Lou Manigan .... assistant makeup artist
Kelly Mann .... special makeup effects artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... special makeup effects artist
Brian Penikas .... special makeup effects artist
Christa Reusch .... key makeup artist
Mark Shostrom .... special makeup effects sequences
Kevin Yagher .... makeup effects: Krueger
Production Management
Joe Fineman .... post-production supervisor (as Joseph Fineman)
Gerald T. Olson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Maguire .... first assistant director
Robin R. Oliver .... second assistant director (as Robin Randal Oliver)
Dan Perri .... second unit director
Art Department
David Cunningham .... carpenter
César Díez Álava .... prop man
Batia Grafka .... property master
Thomas A. O'Conor .... construction coordinator
Babak Shokrian .... art production assistant
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist
Kelly Osborn .... painter (uncredited)
Matthew Joseph Peak .... movie poster illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
William Fiege .... sound
Steve Rice .... adr editor
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
William Shaffer .... boom operator
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... effects photography supervisor: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
James Belohovek .... miniatures: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
Doug Beswick .... stop-motion animator: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects
Yancy Calzada .... stop-motion puppet construction: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
Peter Chesney .... mechanical special effects
Tom Chesney .... special effects
Robin L. D'Arcy .... special effects coordinator
Joel Fletcher .... effects sculptor
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects assistant
Christopher Gilman .... special effects
Bruce D. Hayes .... special effects technician
David Hill .... special effects assistant
Brian McFadden .... special effects assistant
Bernardo F. Munoz .... special effects
Larry Nikolai .... illustrator: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
Larry Odien .... special effects assistant
D. Kerry Prior .... special effects artist: Dream Quest Images
Sandra Stewart .... special effects assistant
Mike Tristano .... cadavers and body parts subcontractor
Mark Bryan Wilson .... marionette construction: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
Kim Bailey .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... stop-motion crew
James Balsam .... motion control camera operator
Yancy Calzada .... stop-motion crew
Craig Clark .... special effects animator
Clint Hutchison .... visual effects editor
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects
Daniel P. Moore .... video operator: visual effects unit
George Muhs .... visual effects
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Michael Talarico .... visual effects modelmaker
James Valentine .... rotoscope
Hoyt Yeatman .... special visual effects supervisor
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Alison Brown .... stunts (as Alison Lowe-Brown)
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts
Gregg Dandridge .... stunts
Joe Gilbride .... stunts
Gary Littlejohn .... stunts
Charly Morgan .... stunts
William R. Perry .... stunts
Debby Porter .... stunts
J.D. Silvester .... stunts
Tony Snegoff .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bernstein .... assistant camera
Michael Cardone .... second camera operator
John Doherty .... best boy
Giles Dunning .... second assistant camera
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer
Bob Myers .... grip
Mark Simon .... assistant camera
Bruce Swift .... grip
Eric Whitehead .... grip
Animation Department
Doug Beswick .... animator: stopmotion
Casting Department
Andrea Curtis .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna R. Schultz .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Rolf Johnson .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Andrew Barrett .... orchestrator
Charles Bernstein .... composer: music from Nightmare on Elm Street I
David Chackler .... music supervisor
Don Dokken .... composer: additional music
Earl Ghaffari .... music editor
Ken Harrison .... composer: additional music
Ray Niznik .... score mixer
Joseph Turrin .... orchestrator
Wild Mick Brown .... composer: song "Dream Warriors" (uncredited)
George Lynch .... composer: song "Dream Warriors" (uncredited)
Jeff Pilson .... composer: song "Dream Warriors" (uncredited)
John Andrew Schreiner .... musician (uncredited)
Tony Selvage .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Walden Sr. .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Brent Baker .... assistant: Greg Cannom
John Blake .... assistant: Mark Shostrom
Ella St. John Blakey .... production assistant
Everett Burrell .... assistant: Kevin Yagher
Cathy Carpenter .... assistant: Mark Shostrom
Blaine Converse .... special effects production coordinator
Gino Crognale .... assistant: Kevin Yagher
Mitch Devane .... assistant: Kevin Yagher
Steven E Dunn .... set medic
Keith Edmier .... assistant: Greg Cannom
Earl Ellis .... assistant: Greg Cannom
J. Ellen Evans .... script supervisor second unit
Steven James .... assistant: Kevin Yagher
James Kagel .... assistant: Kevin Yagher
David Kindlon .... assistant: Kevin Yagher
Robert Kurtzman .... assistant: Mark Shostrom
Tom Lowe .... production assistant
James McLoughlin .... assistant: Mark Shostrom
Deborah Moore .... production accountant
Larry Odien .... assistant: Greg Cannom
Brian Penikas .... assistant: Kevin Yagher
Dan Perri .... title designer: main title sequence
Russell Seifert .... assistant: Matthew Mungle
Bryant Tausek .... assistant: Mark Shostrom
John Vulich .... assistant: Greg Cannom
Don Wyse .... fire safety

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Nightmare on Elm Street 3" - International (English title) (short title)
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96 min | Portugal:88 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Canada:R | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2008) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 (2011) | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1988-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (1987) | Spain:13 (original rating) | Spain:12 (re-rating) (2011) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Jennifer Rubin was told by some of her fans that her character of Taryn had caused them to quit drugs and the actress is very proud of the fact.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 10 mins) When the characters appear in the quiet room with Kristen and the camera dollies toward them, you can hear the sound of the crew members' feet as they push the camera along.See more »
Dr. Neil Gordon:[to Don Thompson] Hi, I'm Dr. Neil Gordon. There, now we've met!
[Grabs Don against a wall unexpectedly]
Dr. Neil Gordon:Now you listen to me! I don't know if you care whether or not Nancy dies, but I do!
[a silent pause passes between the men]
Dr. Neil Gordon:Now, we're going to go on a little scavenger hunt.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in An Elm Street Nightmare (2014) (V)See more »
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What happened to Jesse from part 2?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
This sequel seems to be less darker than the original and the 1985 sequel but it's extremely well made sequel that made Freddy a star., 5 January 2006
Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada

When a terrified teen named Kristen (Patricia Arquette) is been stalked by a killer in her dreams by the name of Freddy (Robert Englund). When she wakes up, without knowing that she slits her wrist. She been sent to a mental hospital for troubled teens. When a new young psychiatrist specializing in Dream Thearpy is by the name of Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp). When Nancy finds out that Freddy stills haunt the frighten teens and knowing what Kristen is talking about. Most of the teens are now dreaming about the killer in their sleep. Nancy and Dr. Neil Gordon (Craig Wasson) are helping the teens to fight Freddy back with their dream powers and their help.

Directed by Chuck Russell (The Blob-1988, Eraser, The Mask) made an excellent scary sequel, which is closer to the spirit of the original Nightmare. This film has excellent visual effects are the highlight of this one, which is done by Oscar-Winning effects house "Dream Quest Images" (The Abyss, The Crow, Total Recall). This movie has good clever plot twists and it has the best cast from the series, including:Jennifer Rubin (Screamers), Bradley Gregg (Fire in the Sky), Rodney Eastman (The Caveman's Valentine), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix Trilogy), John Saxon (Enter the Dragon) and Priscilla Pointer (Carrie).

DVD has an strong anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an excellent digitally remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD also has the original theatrical trailer, Jump to a Nightmare Opinion and Cast & Crew information. On the "Elm Street" Series Box Set in the eighth disc. The DVD has interviews with the Cast & Crew, a Music Video and Bits moments from MTV with Englund's appearance as Freddy.

This was a much bigger hit than the previous two "Elm Street" films. This film has amusing cameos by Dick Cavett and Sza Sza Gabor, who play themselves on Television in a memorable scene. Englund as Freddy has some amusing memorable one-liners. Written by Wes Craven (The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Shocker), Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Majestic, The Shawshank Redemption), director:Russell and Bruce Wagner (I'm Losing You). From a Story by Craven and Wagner. Do not miss this imaginatively directed flick. (****/*****).

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