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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

USA 1986
produced by
Robert Shaye, Wes Craven (executive), Stephen Diener (executive) for New Line, Smart Egg Pictures, Heron Communications
directed by Chuck Russell
starring Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette, Robert Englund, Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman, Jennifer Rubin, Bradley Gregg, Ira Heiden, Laurence Fischburne, Penelope Sudrow, John Saxon, Priscilla Pointer, Clayton Landey, Brooke Bundy, Kristen Clayton, Sally Piper, Rozlyn Sorrell, Nan Martin, Stacey Alden, Dick Cavett, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Michael Rougas, Jack Shea, Paul Kent, Mary Brown, Melanie Doctors, Donna Durham
story by Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, screenplay by Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, Frank Darabont, Chuck Russell, music by Angelo Badalamenti, songs by Dokken, Freddy Krueger-makeup by Kevin Yagher, special efects by Tom Chesney, Bernardo F.Munoz, stop motion effects by Doug Beswick Productions, visual effects by Jeff Matakovich

A Nightmare on Elm Street/Freddy Krueger

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Because of her nightmares - about Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) of course - young Kristen (Patricia Arquette) just refuses to sleep and goes to painful length to stay awake ... to such an extent that even her self-centered mother (Brooke Bundy) starts to worry - and has her committed to a mental hospital. There Kristen meets the usual gallery of outcasts (drug addicts, disabled, geeks and so on) who also refuse to sleep and who share her nightmares - and whatever he tries, Doc Gordon (Craig Wasson) can't make head or tales of them. Enter Nancy (Heather Langenkamp), a psychiatrist who has once dreamt about Freddy Krueger too (see the original Nightmare on Elm Street) but who has escaped, and now she wants to help the kids in fighting Freddy. At first, rather naturally, Doc Gordon is more than skeptical, but when a few very mysterious deaths happen in the hospital he agrees to try Nancy's approach, and he organizes a meeting with the kids where they all join together in a nightmare - but unfortunately, this leads to one of them, Joey (Rodney Eastman) being lured away from the group (in the dream) and falling into a coma (in real life). And this in turn leads to Nancy and Gordon being both fired from their jobs.

However, both don't give up on the kids, and while Nancy soon finds a way to set up another secret meeting with them to fight and defeat Freddy for good, Gordon is looking for Freddy's remains in real life and is helped by Nancy's father (John Saxon) and a mysterious nun (Nan Martin), who of course turns out to be Freddy's dead mother in the end.

In another shared nightmare, Nancy and the kids use their special dream powers to fight Freddy, but at first it looks like a losing battle, especially after Freddy kills Nancy, but all is not lost when Joey turns up as an ace up the kids' sleeve while at the same time, in the real world, Gordon buries Freddy's remains. And suddenly, Freddy is no more - at least until the next movie ...

 

A very routine movie that in all fairness is much better than Nightmare on Elm Street 2, but it definitely lacks the inventiveness of the original Nightmare on Elm Street, substituting originality with horror mainstays and clichés, especially the group of outcast kids seems to little more than cutout-characters that you have seen in oh so many other films and TV-shows about outcast or troubled teens to an extent that it almost hurts. Still, the movie isn't all bad, it's well-crafted and the pacing is decent - just don't expect anything other than a routine shocker.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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