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


Oh, what was that? You’ve got Patricia Arquette? Interesting. You’ve got Larry Fishburne? Who? OH THAT’S RIGHT, LARRY FUCKING FISHBURNE, NONE OF THAT LAURENCE FISHBURNE SHIT YET! Patricia Arquette is the one having crazy dreams, so she gets institutionalized with a group of teens who all have similar conditions. They all have weird dreams of this “Krueger” guy and they have group therapy together and shit like that. And guess who one of the daughters is….Heather Langenkamp! The bitch from the first movie! I know what you’re thinking…didn’t she die in a car at the end of the first one? In theory, but I guess not, and it’s never mentioned again. What is mentioned? Freddy’s mom! Turns out she was a nun who was raped by 100 maniacs. RAPED. BY. 100. MANIACS. THAT’S WHY HE’S SUCH A DICK. Anyways, the Dream Warriors, aka the main characters of the film, are able to get into each other’s dreams to fight Freddy, and they do. While they are dream fighting them, people are finding his physical remains so they can kill that too. And you know what? They do! But not without Heather Langenkamp dying, again, and having a stupid scene at the end implying Freddy is still alive. Fucking great.


Okay, so maybe the scene where Freddy is this big wormy thing and eats Patricia Arquette is funny, but that’s about it.

First of all, kudos to this film for having its own song, entitled “Dream Warriors”, performed by Dokken. That’s kind of the best thing about this film, which isn’t really saying much. Like the previous installment of the series, this film doesn’t really do many exciting things, but it does plant the seed that people can come together in dreams  to fight Freddy. But once again, that’s really all that this one has going for it. I think they tried to get some momentum by incorporating cast members from the first film for nostalgia’s sake, but they killed her….again…after not explaining how she survived in the first one. They also introduced the drug “Hypnocil”, which I remember seeing in Freddy vs. Jason, so it was kind of cool to see the fact that it was introduced this far back. I also just read that because of the success of Dokken’s contribution, all Krueger films after that had a heavy metal soundtrack. BRUTAL! Oh, and also the fact that Krueger was born from a nun was kind of interesting, and it’s this movie’s fault that I got that trivia question wrong when I played it at a bar back in October. I’m such a dumb, dumb bastard.


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