A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987) Reviews and overview


A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a 1987 American supernatural slasher horror feature film directed by Chuck Russell (The Blob) from a screenplay co-written by original creator Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner. The movie stars Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson, Robert Englund and, in her first role, Patricia Arquette.


Six years after the events of the first film, Kristen Parker makes a replica of a house on Elm Street. While she is asleep she dreams about a little girl outside the house. When Kristen wakes up and goes to the bathroom she finds she is still asleep and encounters Freddy Krueger, who slashes her wrists with the razors on his glove. When Kristen awakes, she is holding a razor blade to her wrist. Her mother mistakes this incident as a suicide attempt and places Kristen in Westin Hills, a psychiatric hospital.

Kristen meets the other patients of the hospital – Joey Crusel, who does not speak; Taryn White, an ex-drug addict; Roland Kincaid, a tough kid with behavioural problems; Phillip Anderson, a talented sculptor; Jennifer Caulfield, a wannabe actress; Will Stanton, who uses a wheelchair because of an earlier suicide attempt. They are the “last of the Elm Street children” – the remaining children of the vigilantes who killed Freddy…


” …additional background information, combined with the increase in wisecracks and one-liners, basically destroyed any chance for Freddy to be creepy and mysterious in the future. Adding a bunch of religious mumbo jumbo to the mix also didn’t help the series any as it bled over into most of the sequels from here on out.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

“Nothing has to make sense and the irrationality of visions can become entangled in Krueger’s cruel abilities. He can conduct the orchestra of hallucinations; he can rule the roost so long as nobody else figures out the rules. In essence, that’s what fear is and that’s what makes Dream Warriors such a good horror movie.” Canadian Cinephile


Never Sleep Again The Elm Street Legacy Thommy Hutson Pocket Books

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Cast and characters:

  • Patricia Arquette … Kristen Parker
  • Heather Langenkamp … Nancy Thompson
  • Craig Wasson … Doctor Neil Gordon
  • Robert Englund … Freddy Krueger
  • Ken Sagoes … Roland Kincaid
  • Rodney Eastman … Joey Crusel
  • Jennifer Rubin … Taryn White
  • Bradley Gregg … Phillip Anderson
  • Ira Heiden … Will Stanton
  • Laurence Fishburne … Max Daniels [credited as Larry Fishburne]
  • Penelope Sudrow … Jennifer Caulfield
  • John Saxon … Donald Thompson
  • Priscilla Pointer … Doctor Elizabeth Simms
  • Clayton Landey … Lorenzo
  • Brooke Bundy … Elaine Parker
  • Nan Martin … Amanda Krueger/Mary Helena
  • Dick Cavett … Himself
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor … Herself
  • Stacey Alden … Nurse Jackie

Image credits: The Bloody Pit of Horror

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