Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) had He’s Back (Man Behind the Mask) from Alice Cooper, Pet Sematary (1989) had the Ramones song of the same name, Trick or Treat (1986) had an entire soundtrack, and today’s film had Dream Warriors by Dokken. It was a good few years for fans of both metal and horror. I hadn’t seen today’s film in many years, and hesitated revisiting a film that I had fond memories of. As I committed to going through the Nightmare on Elm Street series for the weekend posts of this month long series, I had little choice.
31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 12: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Director: Chuck Russell
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson
Country: United States
Specs: 96 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85.1 / MPAA Rating: R
Rating: ★★★★ / B+
A group of youth learn to control their dreams in an effort to defeat serial killer Freddy Krueger once and for all.
A return to form, with plenty of very eery and freaky moments/atmosphere. I love how we’ve returned to see dreams that we’ve all experienced (running and suddenly the ground is sludge and you cannot run while the bogey man chases you down!). Very nice sound f/x and music.
Some of the acting is a bit over the top, particularly as they witness the death of the first boy. Also, Freddy has become a bit more comical in this film, delivering some cheesy 80s one-liners. Of course, in true horror film fashion, the ways that Freddy kills people gets more inventive and ridiculous from film to film, this film being no exception.
This well written and cleverly directed entry is actual suspenseful, and features some impressive special f/x, making this a smidgen more enjoyable than the original. I’m guessing the fact that Frank Darabont was one of the screenwriters had much to do with that.