19 April 2024
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
96 min.
Directed by Chuck Russell.
With Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Robert Englund, Patricia Arquette, Craig Wasson, Brooke Bundy, Priscilla Pointer, Larry Fishburne, Rodney Eastman, Jennifer Rubin, Dick Cavett, Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Older and wiser, Nancy (Langenkamp) returns and proves she's effectively the anchor of the Elm Street series in this not-so-terrible second sequel.

Now a dream counselor, Nancy's got a new job at Westin Hills, a psychiatric hospital.

There, she begins treating troubled teens going through the same ordeal she did - namely being terrorized by Freddy Krueger in their nightmares.

Turns out the kids - like Nancy - are the last surviving children of the vigilantes who killed Freddy. And Krueger hasn't forgotten them.

Can Nancy teach these wayward teens how to protect themselves from the Boogeyman of their nightmares? And can she do it before Freddy claims them as his own?

The concept of the 'dream warriors' is an intriguing add-on to the series' original concept and generally works well.

Where this third entry begins to teeter on being ridiculous is Mr. Krueger's increasing chattiness. A killer from the shadows he ain't, as audiences seemed to lap up Freddy's blabby vocalisms ad nauseam.

Still, there are still some good scares here, and the special effects are a sight to behold.

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