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



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The best of the Elm Street sequels, this creepy, surreal fantasy features terrific effects, a fine young cast, and an air of grim fatalism that sets it apart from its giggly successors. Patricia Arquette stars as Kristen, whose nightmare leads to a slashed wrist which looks suspiciously like a suicide attempt. She is placed in a hospital psychiatric ward with a group of six other troubled teens who all dream about the same horribly burned man (Robert Englund) trying to kill them. Perhaps the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont, Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
Media Home Entertainment


as Freddy Krueger

as Kristen Parker

as Nancy Thompson

as Dr. Elizabeth Simms

as Dr. Neil Goldman

as Elaine Parker

as Kincaid

as Little Girl

as Neurosurgeon

as Priest at Funeral

as Priest in Church

as Lt. John Thompson

as Himself

as Dr. Carver

as Girl in Cemetery
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Critic Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5)

Debuting director Chuck Russell elicits poor performances from most of his thesps, making it difficult to differentiate between pic's comic relief and unintended howlers.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

A creepy score and Russell's sure grasp of the skewed logic of nightmares helps to sustain the ambiguity between the 'real' and 'dream' worlds, while Englund's Freddie now fits like a glove.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's dream sequences are ingenious, and they feature some remarkable nightmare images and special effects.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

This is filmmaking by the numbers, without soul.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

While it's better than its predecessor, it's still not quite up to its inspiration.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Somehow A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors has always been just a bit more enjoyable than the typical horror sequel.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors

Great for its time and Freddy Kruger will always be a classic character!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Pretty lame, in all honesty. Was looking forward to this one as it brings Nancy's character back in, but it still wasn't that good. Maybe my expectations were too high, but pity help me, I still have three elm movies left in my box set!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Alright, that's it, this is the last Elm St. movie I ever want to see! Here I thought that after that horrendous second movie this one would be worse, but no, it was terrifying, and I went back to my nightmares with Freddy. The original scream queen Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the first movie, returns to help teenagers fight Freddy. Just like in the first one, the teens try to stay awake, and we are unaware of when they accidentally fall asleep only to be killed in some crazy way. I loved that they all tried to band together using their dream powers to fight him, it was very exciting. I really liked this movie, although it scared the socks off me.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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