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

nightmare on elm street 3 dream warriors poster 1987 movie
7.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 7/10

The funny Freddy

Acting isn't the best

Movie Info

Movie Name:  A Nightmare on Elm Street 3:  Dream Warriors

Studio:  New Line Cinema

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  February 27, 1987

MPAA Rating:  R


Yummy Arquette!

The children of Elm Street are having nightmares again. When Kristen Parker (Patricia Arquette) is rushed to the hospital after what appears to be a suicide attempt, she learns others are having the same recurring nightmare of Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Now it is up to Dr. Neil Gordon (Craig Wasson) and Freddy Krueger’s original victim Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) to help the children of a mental home fight back. When Kristen learns she has the ability to pull others into her dreams, it could give them edge they need. A strange nun (Nan Martin) comes to Dr. Gordon and provides him with the means to stop Freddy forever.

Directed by Chuck Russell, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors decided to return to the format of A Nightmare on Elm Street after mixed reviews on A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.


I’ve got all the candy the kiddies want!

The movie is often a fan favorite of the series and set up a lot of what was to come in sequels. The whole idea of Dream Warriors was a great way to go (and I wish they had dealt more with Dream Warriors in other films). It is fun to see Freddy face others with dream powers and the whole film has a fun ’80s feel with the style of the Dream Warriors…I just wish they didn’t have such lame powers.

The movie is really a template of future films, especially in the Robert Englund’s portrayal of Freddy. This is the first real “funny” Freddy. He cracks lots and lots of jokes and one-liners in this film and really enjoys his killing. This is the style that was used through the sequels and the series of “fun” deaths continue.

The movie also is a nice homage to the original A Nightmare on Elm Street through the cast. Freddy now has an arch-enemy in Heather Langenkamp and also her father played again by John Saxon. It is good to see them back, and Patricia Arquette who makes her film premiere in this movie feels like a more worthy nemesis for Freddy that the weak Jessie from Freddy’s Revenge. Also appearing in the movie is Lawrence Fishburn as an orderly and a cameo by Zsa Zsa Gabor.


Death by Television!

I think that the effects are a bit of step-down from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, but it really isn’t the fault of the filmmakers. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 looked better than A Nightmare on Elm Street, but it also had fewer special effects. A Nightmare on Elm 3: Dream Warriors has a lot of special effects (especially involving the Dream Warriors) and more sets…they just don’t always look so good.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a fun entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series and is a bit of a genre blend with an action movie. The story is continued in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master in 1988.

Related Links:

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2:  Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4:  The Dream Master (1988)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5:  The Dream Child (1989)

Freddy’s Dead:  The Final Nightmare (1991)

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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