Tuesday, October 13, 2009
31 Days of Halloween - Day 13 - Movie
"A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors" (1987) was a vast improvement over the previous entry. For one thing it had better writers, and while the direction was pretty no frills, that was enough to make a difference. This movie is set at a mental hospital where a ward full of teenagers who attempted suicide because of nightmares they've been having are being treated. Well, not exactly treated, more like simply watched. No one finds it odd that these kids are all in for the same thing, or that their dreams are similar in nature, until Nancy (Heather Langenkamp), a recent college graduate specializing in nightmares joins the staff. Still, it takes more suicides before Nancy can convince one colleague (Craig Wasson) to let her try to do things her way. We discover that one of the teens (Patricia Arquette) can pull other dreaming people into her own dreams. Nancy has her pull all of the teens, and her, into her dream so that they can fight Freddy Krueger together.
Parallel to this, Craig Wasson learns Freddy's origin story and that his unquiet spirit can only be put to rest by his remains being buried in hallowed ground. This leads to getting Nancy's dad (John Saxon) to reveal Freddy's current resting place, and a battle with Freddy's reanimated skeleton.
Both Langenkamp's and Saxon's characters are reintroduced into the series in a natural way. The rest of the cast involves a nasty, clueless doctor, a mysterious nun, a bunch of uninteresting one-note teens, Dick Cavett and Zsa Zsa Gabor, and a kind, but strict orderly played by Laurence Fishburne. The special effects are a vast improvement over the last movie, and are much more imaginative as well. Plus, you get to see John Saxon fight a stop motion animated skeleton. Intuition tells me that this is probably the high point of the series, and that I won't be finding the same level of satisfaction for the next few nights.