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Worth A Look: 27.06%
Average: 25.88%
Pretty Bad: 3.53%
Total Crap: 8.24%

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Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A
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by Greg Muskewitz

"The use of a budget actual improves the franchise from the previous two."
3 stars

"A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" comes two years after the series' messy sequel. The way Freddy's Revenge" left things didn't give it a very hopeful outlook, but surprisingly, this one takes a turn for the better, and so far takes the crown of best.

Far more imaginative than the prior two "Nightmares," this presents a much more logical and developed premise. Kids in the local area are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Those survivors are placed in a hospital where their irrational behavior can be examined. The newest patient is Patricia Arquette, who is believed to have purposely slashed her wrists. The commonality of the group is they all share the same nightmares all controlled by Freddy --who else? Along returns Heather Langenkamp (her acting not much better), now a college-trained psychologist. She came for no other reason than to help since she's experienced in this arena.

Freddy is tougher than before, feeding off of his "conquered" children's souls. Arquette is featured with a unique power to "pull others into her dreams." And by using dreams with no limits to supply fighting back (more attitude, martial arts abilities, extra strength, wizardry, etc.) hence the "Dream Warriors." This is far more "scary" to compliment it, far more creepy, original, intense and contructed. The real trouble for the warriors comes whem one of the patients, a mute boy, is trapped in a coma where he's sitting bait for Freddy.

The effects and lavish look of this entry are way more professional and atmospheric. It's a bonus because it seems to play back. Chuck Russell has taken over the directing, and he selects spectacular composer and David Lynch staple Angelo Badalmenti to create a moodier score.

The script is more polished and presentable, though sometimes it slips back into what detracted from the others. More is learned about Freddy, from his conception to how he was burned to death by a mob of parents. Ergo leading him now to attack all the parents' children, the ex-Elm Streeters. One awesome example of a gruesome scene had Freddy controlling one of the kids as a puppet via his ripped out veins.

Maybe using some of its revenue to afford a good cast, young Patricia Arquette is a kick-ass standout! She's vibrant, vivacious, kicking, and has one heck of a piercing scream! It was nice to see Langenkamp return, and the story is helpfully pushed forward with her developments. Other cast members include Priscilla Pointer, Craig Wasson, "Larry" Fishburne, Brooke Bundy, Rodney Easton, Dick Cavett, and John Saxon. Mostly unknowns, but they don't let down. And of course, Robert Englund is as gruesome as possible.

Final Verdict: B.

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User Comments

4/24/17 David H. The best of the sequels, with great effects and characters you actually about! 5 stars
1/15/15 the truth Entertaining yet uneven; beginning of the end w/ 'funny Freddy' and emphasis on back-story 4 stars
4/16/11 art FREDDY KRUGER would KICK jason and micheal myer's ASS! 3 stars
1/19/10 Stanley Thai This film so good because it explores more in the mythology that is fresh. 4 stars
9/17/09 art FREDDY/AND THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET EXPRESS WAS COMING TO A HALT,and this film shows it! 1 stars
3/09/09 blarginbadigalnohif great sequel brought down by the scene in the hospital where they discover their powers 4 stars
9/24/07 bidhya M LOVING IT!!!!!....... 5 stars
2/08/07 David Pollastrini the best of the sequels 5 stars
4/02/06 Dillon The last dark Nightmare until number 7. 3 stars
3/11/06 Dillon The last truly dark Nightmare movie 3 stars
12/29/05 chris f great movie 5 stars
11/24/05 cr good visual effects , good story , very good acting, and scary . This film is very worthy 4 stars
10/16/05 Darren O Great special effects, but Freddy's one liners cheapen Craven's original vision 3 stars
8/25/05 Eden Nice idea but isnt scary. Freddy has too many cheesy lines. 3 stars
7/18/05 Brandy Harrington How fuckin' lame can ya get. 2 stars
6/11/05 Manu Ginobli I like it. 4 stars
6/02/05 me me me Saw this movie today... Man, if this is "awesome", I am God 1 stars
3/15/05 brody two hooks up 5 stars
11/18/04 chris nightmare series highlight 4 stars
11/05/04 Freedy God what was i thinking 1 stars
8/16/04 Dallas Moye Spectacular special effects, I loved it! 5 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ Pretty CHEZZY... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 stars
12/22/03 Samuel great film!! 3 stars
11/27/03 movie guy A GREAT FILM i loved it 5 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Definitely the best sequel of the whole series. 4 stars
10/30/03 Moparman The BEST Sequal of the series hands down. "Welcome to Primetime BITCH!" 5 stars
10/16/03 Erik Van Sant Hands-down the only great sequel of the series. Where's the fuckin bourbon?! 5 stars
8/04/03 Stefan Halka Awesome sequel! Freddy's one liners are hilarious. "Welcome to prime time, Bitch." 4 stars
7/22/03 Double G Much better then the 2nd and I thought I like numoro 2 4 stars
6/14/03 Alice Why Wes? WHY ??? 1 stars
4/06/03 Dave The second best sequal after 5 and surprisingly entertaining even if it's a bit retarded. 2 stars
3/21/03 c.r a very scary and cool horror movie! 4 stars
2/21/03 c.r Almost as good as the first one 4 stars
10/29/02 Charles Tatum The best sequel 5 stars
9/01/02 movie guy GREAT 5 stars
8/16/02 Shaun best of the sequels, even slightly better than the first. 5 stars
5/15/02 Blake This movie was a 100 out of 100 baby! 5 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 Very entertaining, best sequel, except for part 7 4 stars
11/02/01 Jake Noone over 12 should think this is cool or scary. Lame to the core! Not funny either. 1 stars
10/07/01 jawsboy shitty music.great kills and atmosphere! ok acting &story. weird ending,better than 2,4,5&6 4 stars
9/30/01 Gary I liked it alot...entertaining and has a mean streak 4 stars
8/12/01 Andrew Carden Kind Of Like An MTV Music Video...Bad. 2 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk Freddy as a giant dickworm! PRICELESS!!! 5 stars
7/10/01 JT This movie was quite imaginative, and very entertaining, but it does not take the crown. 4 stars
6/29/01 King Jackass Not bad! 5 stars
6/08/01 Serial_Monk_the_Jawbreaker Excellent effects, cast, and dream sets. The best of the sequels. Comes close to topping #1 5 stars
5/18/01 Javier J This movie was really funny! Oops I forgot it was suppose to have been scary! 1 stars
5/04/01 Gracy Lionheart Of the series, I would rate this as my second favorite. Still not a great movie though. 3 stars
4/14/01 LiL This was fucking fantastic!!!! I liked it so much, but the first just beat it 5 stars
3/21/01 Movie Police Maybe tonight you'll be gone! lame and dippy..not worthy of eye site.'He's gone its over'! 1 stars
3/20/01 Tony Andruss nancy should have lived but other than that an awesome movie. 5 stars
2/10/01 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi On par with the first...claustrophobic and sinister...fucking KILLER FX, for the time. 5 stars
12/02/00 The Evil Penguin the scariest of them all 4 stars
11/25/00 Natalie Fox I liked it. 5 stars
11/12/00 ted benton best movie 5 stars
11/02/00 Donna Hanson I loved it 5 stars
10/06/00 Bender Enjoyable third entry in the series. Although not really scary its still entertaining. 4 stars
9/06/00 TIGGER! Very good Feddy movie. 2nd best out of all. Heather was great. 4 stars
8/17/00 Rich Corle Awesome movie that feeds my craving for horror! 5 stars
8/04/00 Mike This one, Part 1, and 7 are my favorites...But they should NEVER have killed Nancy =( 5 stars
5/02/00 Gus Van Sant good shite! 5 stars
5/01/00 yo momma good shite! 5 stars
2/16/00 Kyle Broflovski Actually the best of this series...very imaginative...campy only when need be... 5 stars
2/06/00 Steve Layne the 3rd best in the series 4 stars
12/18/99 SID I really enjoyed this one. Most of the "Nightmares" are crap, and this is one of the best. 5 stars
11/22/99 Phreezer For a sequal... Good.. Gives new meaning to the words "get your head out of the boob toob" 5 stars
12/20/98 mike very well done....the best sequel of the series 4 stars
11/26/98 Mr.Pink Entertaining in a cult-ish sort of way. 3 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob Just misses the hallowed 'F.A.' rating. I'm not sure why. 4 stars
10/20/98 {{{OZ}}} This episode kicked ass. On a par with the original. 5 stars
10/18/98 Johny Along with the first this is my favorite of the series 4 stars
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