A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors
The best of the Elm Street sequels, this creepy, surreal fantasy features terrific effects, a fine young cast, and an air of grim fatalism that sets it apart from its giggly successors. Patricia Arquette stars as Kristen, whose nightmare leads to a slashed wrist which looks suspiciously like a suicide attempt. She is placed in a hospital psychiatric ward with a group of six other troubled teens who all dream about the same horribly burned man (Robert Englund) trying to kill them. Perhaps the most unusual thing about this picture, however, is the unexpected depth of sadness running through it.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Debuting director Chuck Russell elicits poor performances from most of his thesps, making it difficult to differentiate between pic's comic relief and unintended howlers."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"While it's better than its predecessor, it's still not quite up to its inspiration."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"It's a shame this is about as good as it got for the series..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Arguably the most imaginative of the horror franchise, with a fair number of truly resonant scenes."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A great sequel"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"A creepy score and Russell's sure grasp of the skewed logic of nightmares helps to sustain the ambiguity between the 'real' and 'dream' worlds, while Englund's Freddie now fits like a glove."
‑ , Time Out
"This is filmmaking by the numbers, without soul."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...the mental-hospital setting [is] certainly a refreshing change from the suburban atmosphere that dominated the first two films."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"First-time director Russell sustains the legend's success with the help of a workable plot and some first-rate special effects."
‑ , Film4
"The Slasher genre took a different direction with this sarcastic killer who delights in torturing his victims, simulating the nightmares we all experience."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"The film's dream sequences are ingenious, and they feature some remarkable nightmare images and special effects."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Somehow A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors has always been just a bit more enjoyable than the typical horror sequel."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The burn-faced night stalker simply doesn't make the impression here as he did in the former two installments"
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Freddy is a vital killer who brings a sense of creepy fun to his demented work - moviegoers actually like the guy. The nightmares themselves are another reason for the series' success."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Parts of it work extraordinarily well for a horror film of this vintage. And parts of it don't particularly work at all."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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