Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Chuck Russell’s violent fantasy horror sequel in which survivors of undead serial killer Robert Englund - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.
The third instalment in the horror franchise concentrates on the victims who, after surviving the assault of the evil murderer Freddy Krueger, learn to dominate their imaginings in an effort to get vengeance.
Heather Langenkamp gives a good performance in her part as Nancy Thompson, the new therapist who prepares her patients to take on Freddy with as much preparation as possible, while Robert Englund is back once again reprising his role as Freddy Kruger, the killer who is aiming to carry on causing his disturbing trouble.
Elsewhere, Bradley Gregg as Phillip, a characteristic sleepwalker; Ken Sagoes as Ronald Kincaid, a nasty kid from the streets who is disposed to violence; Penelope Sudrow as Jennifer, an optimistic television actress; Ira Heiden as Will, narrowed to a wheelchair after trying to kill himself; Jennifer Rubin as Taryn, a previous drug addict; and Rodney Eastman as Joey, the youngest, who is too distressed to talk all give good performances in their respective roles as the survivors who aim to get their revenge on Freddy – and quite rightly too.
The direction from Russell is good because he allows the facial expressions to be seen to a strong effect throughout, while also keeping a tense atmosphere happening as well and the script is written to a decent standard by Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, Frank Darabont and the director as they make the movie good to follow.
The camera and visual effects stand out best in terms of the technical aspects, because the camera makes good use of the locations and also captures the tense and dramatic moments well, which get the edge-of-the-seat status; the visual effects dazzle whenever they appear on screen.
Some scenes in the movie are disturbing in places, but they are part of the story, so they have to be included.
On the other hand, this horror does not rely on jump scares once and I didn’t expect this to be better, considering how much the first sequel was not good, but I was left surprised.
Overall, it is not outstanding, but A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 is an enjoyable fantasy horror, due to the good performances, direction, script and tense atmosphere, even though some of the film is not an easy watch.