Starring Patricia Arquette, Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Laurence Fishburne, Rodney Eastman, Jennifer Rubin
(7-Very Good Film)
Imaginative. Gory. Effective.
Kristen Parker: The man in my dreams… he’s real, isn’t he?
Nancy Thompson: He’s real.
Freddy Krueger, vengeful pedophile and horror icon, is back for more in his third outing, Dream Warriors, in my opinion, his best. He’s terrorizing a group of teenagers who’ve all been admitted to a local psychiatric hospital to deal with their apparent suicidal tendencies. None of the adults or doctors really believe their stories about a boogeyman stalking them in their sleep. Finally, Nancy Thompson (Langenkamp), survivor of the first film enters the picture and convinces the head doctor, Neil Gordon (Wasson), to take Freddy Krueger seriously. No, this movie is not particularly scary or thrilling or suspenseful (by this point, Krueger could just as easily be a comedy icon) but it more than compensates with its insanely grotesque effects and imagery that spring up from the Krueger-induced nightmares.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-