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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [1987]

Director:Chuck Russell
Writer:Bruce Wagner
Chuck Russell
Frank Darabont
Wes Craven
Composer:Angelo Badalamenti
Length:96 minutes
(1 hour 36 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.

Reaction: The story and visuals are more interesting than the second movie, but bits of the acting are a little weaker.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Chuck Russell => Director / Writer
Bruce Wagner => Writer
Frank Darabont => Writer
Wes Craven => Writer
Angelo Badalamenti => Composer
Bradley Gregg => Phillip
Brooke Bundy => Elaine Parker
Clayton Landey => Lorenzo
Craig Wasson => Dr. Neil Gordon
Dick Cavett => Himself
Heather Langenkamp => Nancy Thompson
Ira Heiden => Will Stanton
Jack Shea => Priest in Cemetery
Jennifer Rubin => Taryn White
John Saxon => Thompson
Ken Sagoes => Roland Kincaid
Laurence Fishburne => Max (as Larry Fishburne)
Nan Martin => Sister Mary Helena / Amanda Krueger
Patricia Arquette => Kristen Parker
Paul Kent => Dr. Carver
Penelope Sudrow => Jennifer Caulfield
Priscilla Pointer => Dr. Elizabeth Simms
Robert Englund => Freddy Krueger
Rodney Eastman => Joey
Stacey Alden => Marcie
Zsa Zsa Gabor => Herself

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The original premise of the film involved Freddy invading the real world and haunting the actors and crew responsible for the [Nightmare on Elm Street] films. This idea was rejected by the studio, though Wes Craven later used it for New Nightmare.
  • The third highest grossing of the original [Nightmare] movies after Freddy vs. Jason and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
  • Patricia Arquette's first movie.
  • Robert Englund wrote a treatment for this movie. It wasn't used.
  • The Freddy glove that was stolen from the set of this film was found in another movie: it was hanging on the wall of the work shed in Evil Dead II, released the same year. It was part of a continued banter between directors Wes Craven and Sam Raimi. Evidence can also be seen on The Hills Have Eyes, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead II.
  • Wes Craven had nothing to do with the first sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, as he didn't believe that [Elm Street] was capable of spawning a franchise. The success of the second film, outgrossing the original, convinced him otherwise.
  • Sally Kellerman was originally in the script, as the guest on the Dick Cavett show scene in which Jennifer dies.
  • The bar where Nancy and Dr. Gordon meet Nancy's Father is called "Little Nemo's." Little Nemo in Slumberland is the name of a comic strip by [?] Winsor McCay about the adventures of a child in the land of dreams.
  • The original "Freddy Snake" unintentionally came out looking too phallic. The crew only had one hour to film the scene so they didn't have enough time to paint it. So, it was covered in a green goo substance to overcome the "pinkish hue." The scene involving the "Freddy Snake" attempting to swallow Kristen was also filmed backwards and then played in reverse due to the gums on the puppet being too flexible and were folding over themselves.
  • For one week during filming, Robert Englund was working 24 hours every day. By day, he was wrapping up filming on his TV series [Downtown] and then would report to the A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors set at nights.
  • When the clay puppet face turns into Freddy's, special-effects man Doug Beswick used stop-motion animation. Filming began with a clay Freddy face that was made plainer in each frame. The result was then run backwards, and that is what appears in the final cut of the film.