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

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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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

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Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont, Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner

Aug 21, 2001

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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.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film's dream sequences are ingenious, and they feature some remarkable nightmare images and special effects.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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While it's better than its predecessor, it's still not quite up to its inspiration.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is filmmaking by the numbers, without soul.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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Somehow A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors has always been just a bit more enjoyable than the typical horror sequel.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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It's a shame this is about as good as it got for the series...

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

...the mental-hospital setting [is] certainly a refreshing change from the suburban atmosphere that dominated the first two films.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The burn-faced night stalker simply doesn't make the impression here as he did in the former two installments

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Comments (2)
DustinPutman.com

Arguably the most imaginative of the horror franchise, with a fair number of truly resonant scenes.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

First-time director Russell sustains the legend's success with the help of a workable plot and some first-rate special effects.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Freddy is a vital killer who brings a sense of creepy fun to his demented work - moviegoers actually like the guy. The nightmares themselves are another reason for the series' success.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A great sequel

February 3, 2008

The Slasher genre took a different direction with this sarcastic killer who delights in torturing his victims, simulating the nightmares we all experience.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Parts of it work extraordinarily well for a horror film of this vintage. And parts of it don't particularly work at all.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The best 'Elm Street' film next to the 1984 original....Freddy's finest moment since his debut

March 31, 2005
Moviehole

Can you not love this?

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The best of the "Nightmare" series

July 16, 2004 | Comment (1)
Reeling Reviews

This is when Freddy stopped being scary. Still has its moments, in a fantasy, rather than horror, sort of way.

March 27, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Easily the best of the sequels till A New Nightmare, but still nowhere near the original

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

about as good as this series ever got, but that's not exactly high praise

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

Great for its time and Freddy Kruger will always be a classic character!
September 28, 2013
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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!
December 30, 2012
romy861

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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.
January 4, 2012
ajv2688

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This is probably my favorite entry in the series. "Dream Warriors" thankfully rebounds from the ridiculous "Freddy's Revenge", and actually advances the concepts presented in the original. The most notable creative progressions are the dream sequences. The imagery involved is disturbing, and instead of just random slashing, Freddy tortures the innocent using the victim's hopes and fears. Freddy was still meant to be scary in this movie, so his warped sense of humor works nicely. This is the sequel that was most imitated in the watered down movies to follow. It's a movie from the 80's so it is corny in parts, but it is a very good horror movie. Highest possible recommendation.
October 5, 2011
Jason Calvin

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    1. Freddy Krueger: I said, where's the fucking bourbon?
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    1. Nancy Thompson: He's strong. He's never been this strong!
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    1. Freddy Krueger: This is it Jennifer! Your big break in TV!
    2. Jennifer: AHHHHHHH!
    3. Freddy Krueger: Welcome to Prime Time, Bitch!
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    1. Freddy Krueger: This is it Jennifer, your big break in TV! Welcome to prime time, bitch!
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    1. Freddy Krueger: This is it Jennifer, your big break in TV! Welcome to prime time, bitch!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Kristen Parker: (while fighting with Dr. Simms) You stupid bitch, you're killing us. YOU'RE KILLING US.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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