Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Review)
United States/1987
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"All of the elements ... blend together well, and create a unique experience."

Kristen Parker escapes from a nightmare only to have her wrist sliced by Freddy Krueger. Mistaken for a suicide attempt, Kristen is admitted to Westin Hills hospital, along with other teens with similar symptoms. Nancy Thompson, now a dream specialists, manages to calm and relate to the teens and concocts a plan for fighting Freddy.

The story in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is great: it is a horror-fantasy blend with some comedic elements, and it all comes together masterfully. Nancy Thompson returns, six years after the events of the first film, and we get a deeper look into Freddy Krueger's past. The story features a new concept, much more interesting than possession, where Kristen is able to bring others into her dreams; this really helps create and further develop the characters; it also helps create some surreal situations. The ending of the film is somewhat underwhelming, but it works with the film; not as fun as the last two films.

The horror consists of its surreal, disturbing imagery and spectacular special effects, as well as some jump-scares. This time around, the comedy is much tighter and fluent, usually consisting of Freddy Krueger's witty one-liners; the humor is still light, it's not enough to consider the film a horror/comedy. Freddy Krueger has a consistent presence in the film; he is still a creepy character, but he much wittier. All of the elements - the horror, the fantasy, the comedy - blend together well, and create a unique experience.

The acting is great. Patricia Arquette performance as Kristen Parker is a bit overdone, especially the screeching yelling - fortunately, she's not actually the lead. Heather Langenkamp returns Nancy Thompson, and her performance is great, better than her performance in the original film. Robert Englund returns as the sinister Freddy Krueger, and he does a fantastic job - with a bigger screen presence, he still manages to impress. The special effects are amazing, the film has many spectacular set pieces that surpass those of the previous films.

Overall, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a great horror/fantasy, with a creative concept, genuinely scary moments, witty humor, and surreal visuals. It's better than the 2nd, which I liked, but not as effective or memorable as the first, which I loved.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some nudity.

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