A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Wes Craven returns to the series as we find a ragtag group of suicidal teens led by the original Elm Street Kid, Nancy Thompson. Can they bring out their inner super powers, enter the dream world and defeat Freddy Krueger once and for all? You should already know the answer to that, just as you’re no doubt aware this is arguably the best movie the Nightmare on Elm Street series and the entire 1980s has to offer. Buckle in as Chris and Lizzie take on the Dream Warriors…

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3 thoughts on “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

  1. Definitely one of the best films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise besides the original and New Nightmare. There’s a lot of creativity presented and ultimately serves a purpose expanding the mythology and well, I do like Freddy Krueger making macabre puns anyway myself; I mean, I do believe you can make the best of both worlds where Freddy can be scary and dark but also make dark puns.

    But in a meta sense, it’s always fun to point out to people that I knew who Patricia Arquette is way before she started appearing in Richard Linklater films and winning an Oscar for Best Actress. But the film itself, point is, Dream Warriors is solid. Characters are likeable with Kincaid among the best since the dude has plenty of good lines like “Let’s go kick this motherfucker’s ass all over dreamland!” And it was good to see Nancy again, even with seeing her killed her but it was closure for the character and at least she went down fighting Freddy even giving one last “F-you” to Freddy by getting him to stab himself when he tried to kill Kristen. Same with John Saxon, which yeah, no doubt Nancy’s dad was in denial about everything so it was satisfying to see Neil slap sense into him and prevented him from trying to sneak away.

    The death scenes are very cool and it’s hard to pick a favorite especially some have lines uttered by Freddy I memorize. I like the puppet death, Taryn’s death (“Let’s get high!”) and Will’s death (“Sorry kid, I don’t believe in fairy tales!”). My memory of this is simple enough like every Friday when I got into the franchise, I went to Blockbuster to rent each installment and this was the one I rented after the second film (I think the first film was rented, probably. I may be getting my memory wrong). But I did rent in, loved it and to my surprise at the end of the tape, was the Dokken music video. What most likely happened was that I noticed there was still some tape left and I put it back in, fast forwarded the credits and there it was and I was amused by the music video’s premise given how it ended but made an impact on me and I of course rocked out to the song. Because of that, I wanted to search for the song itself on a soundtrack album and while I couldn’t get the actual Elm Street soundtrack, I did at one point and I was probably traveling to Orlando or something because on the way back, we stopped by a music-media store and I managed to acquire the “Very Best of Dokken” album with the song I was looking for. Incidentally, I used to pronounce the band as “Do-kan” but a sales clerk at Barnes and Noble told me it’s pronounced “Dok-Ken”, keep in mind, I was 13 at the time (though I just realized I started watching Horror movies at that age, not 13).

    I do know according to the Never Sleep Again documentary, Craven was busy directing Deadly Friend and he couldn’t be that involved with Dream Warriors. So I am curious what his original script was like if it broke all the rules that much.

  2. Dream Warriors is fucking awesome, and maybe the best exploration of the conceit of the series (though I’m still torn between this and the original as my favourite, with New Nightmare following close behind). Much like Friday the 13th Part 7, I like how it actually gives us characters capable of putting up a fight against the villain, and isn’t just another mindless slaughterfest like Nightmare 2 is besides the gay “subtext.” And I do appreciate this keeping a better continuity with these fighters (at least for a couple of movies) rather than just dropping the idea all together like Friday does in Part 8.

    Great podcast guys, keep it up!

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