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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Details

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The best of the 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. There are some achingly sweet moments in this otherwise frightening film which, though not disruptive, are impossible to analyze. The first and most bizarre of these is Heather Langenkamp's entrance, which inexplicably causes most viewers to get misty-eyed, and there are several similar scenes throughout the film. One answer can be found in the sensitive direction of Chuck Russell, who emphasizes the tragedy and utter hopelessness in these kids' lives and manages to wring some unexpectedly perceptive turns from his cast. This is a film in which a great deal of care was obviously lavished on individual scenes (the sets are outstanding) and performances. The results are well worth repeated viewings, and prove that sequels don't necessarily have to be inferior films. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

  • Release date:February 27, 1987

Cast

Heather Langenkamp
as Nancy Thompson
Patricia Arquette
as Kristen Parker
Laurence Fishburne
as Max
Priscilla Pointer
as Dr. Elizabeth Simms
Craig Wasson
as Dr. Neil Goldman
Robert Englund
as Freddy Krueger
Brooke Bundy
as Elaine Parker
Rodney Eastman
as Joey
Bradley Gregg
as Phillip
Ira Heiden
as Will
Ken Sagoes
as Kincaid
Penelope Sudrow
as Jennifer
Jennifer Rubin
as Taryn
John Saxon
as Lt. John Thompson
Clayton Landey
as Lorenzo, Orderly
Nan Martin
as Nun
Stacey Alden
as Marcie
Kristin Clayton
as Little Girl
Sally Piper
as Nurse
Rozlyn Sorrell
as Nurse
Dick Cavett
as Himself
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Herself
James Carroll
as Neurosurgeon
Michael Rougas
as Priest in Church
Paul Kent
as Dr. Carver
Melanie Doctors
as Girl in Cemetery
Paul Kent
as Dr. Carver
Michael Rougas
as Priest in Church
James Carroll
as Neurosurgeon

Crew

Chuck Russell
Director
Niki Marvin
Producer
Robert Shaye
Producer
Wes Craven
Producer
Rachel Talalay
Producer
Bruce Wagner
Screenwriter
Bruce Wagner
Screen Story
Wes Craven
Screen Story
Wes Craven
Screenwriter
Frank Darabont
Screenwriter
Chuck Russell
Screenwriter
Roy H. Wagner
Cinematographer
Angelo Badalamenti
Composer (Music Score)
Don Dokken
Composer (Music Score)
Don Dokken
Songwriter
Terry Stokes
Editor
Mick Strawn
Production Designer
Mick Strawn
Art Director
Sara Risher
Co-producer
Niki Marvin
Associate Producer
Wes Craven
Executive Producer
Camile Schroeder
Costume Designer
Hoyt Yeatman
Special Effects
Matthew Mungle
Special Effects
D. Kerry Prior
Special Effects
Kevin Yagher
Special Effects
Chris Biggs
Special Effects
Rick Barker
Stunts
Debby Porter
Stunts
Rachel Talalay
Line Producer
Greg Cannom
Makeup Special Effects
Mark Shostrom
Makeup Special Effects
Rick Barker
Stunts Coordinator
Chris Biggs
Makeup Special Effects
Hoyt Yeatman
Special Effects Supervisor
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