Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors

Starring: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Patricia Arquette
Written by: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner
Director: Chuck Russell

Rating: * * *     Stars       +       (Fan Bonus *   )  Total: * * * * 

Freddy returns to terrorize a new crop of teenagers. But this time, an old rival of his has trained them to fight back.

Kristen (Patricia Arquette) has a unique ability, that of drawing people into her dreams. But her nightmares are growing worse, and she is sent to a local hospital for clinical study. In the hospital she meets others who are tormented by the same dream monster, Freddy Krueger. Kristen is able to join in their dreams, and draw them into hers, doing what they can to hold off Freddy's attacks. At the hospital, they meet a psychiatrist who specializes in dream therapy, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp). Nancy survived Freddy in the first film, and now grown up, realizes Freddy has returned and is after her charges. She teaches them how to recognize when their in the dream world, and in the dream world they can do anything. She instructs them on how to use their special skills becoming dream warriors. When Freddy captures one of the patients, the dream warriors band together to save him from the depths of Freddy's lair. 

A fantastic follow up to the original film, and certainly makes up for the less than memorable Nightmare On Elm Street, part 2. Robert Englund hasn't lost any enthusiasm as he reprises the roll of Freddy again. Outside of the first film, the Nightmare series tends to be more comical, with Freddy being less creepy, and more of a sarcastic bully. Freddy's death traps are more innovative and big budgeted than ever. The dream sequences are more surreal. Special effects are stellar and creative for a film of this budget. More akin to action than horror, the Dream Warriors is a fun ride and great popcorn flick. It also serves to expand on Freddy's heritage, and cement him as a horror icon.

Further installments in the franchise became more of the same, save for A New Nightmare which presented and interesting twist, and Freddy vs Jason, which gave us the most sinister and demonic Freddy Yet. 

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