A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors ★★★½

Dream Warriors fits neatly into a space of aesthetic hyper specificity. It is a preliminary 1987 horror, with flashy, synthy, retro fashioned ‘80s credentials. It even has the cheesy ass theme song. Everything that was possible to do in the ‘80s. Now, it’s pretty loose, as a filmy film, but as a horrory film we can get by. Because the effects are good and the vibes are entrenched. It’s certainly a step above the prior attempts, just by nature of more adventurous visuals and the refinement of iteration. Unbelievably, my first time with it, but if I’d rewatch any of these, this would be the most attractive option. A film that dares to dream a little and get outside the rudimentary fixations of its early franchise, it gets to overachieve because the theme and aesthetic are so cohesive to each other.

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