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

Mon, Jun 20
  • Mon, Jun 20

Director: Chuck Russell Run Time: 96 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1987

Starring: Craig Wasson, Heather Langenkamp, Ken Sagoes, Patricia Arquette, Robert Englund

Country: United States
Language: English

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About the film:

It’s been many years since Freddy Krueger’s first victim, Nancy, came face-to-face with Freddy and his sadistic, evil ways. Now, Nancy’s all grown up; she’s put her frightening nightmares behind her and is helping teens cope with their dreams. Too bad Freddy’s decided to herald his return by invading the kids’ dreams and scaring them into committing suicide.

“The film’s dream sequences are ingenious, and they feature some remarkable nightmare images and special effects.”

—Janet Maslin for The New York Times

About the filmmaker: 

Chuck Russell made his directorial debut with A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). At that time, New Line Cinema was uncertain about the future of the Elm Street franchise. Russell convinced them that the series could take a step further into Freddy’s nightmare world through cutting edge visual effects and dramatize the bond among Freddy’s youthful victims with the concept of Dream Warriors. The success of the film redefined the franchise for New Line, earning more at the box office than the first two films put together. At the time of its release A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was the highest grossing independent film ever made. He went out to direct the remake of The Blob (1988), the Jim Carrey comedy The Mask (1994), and Eraser (1996) with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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