A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
In a trajectory mirroring the Halloween series, Dream Warriors is another third movie that completely ignores the second and tries to get back to what made the original interesting. Creator Wes Craven came back to write this entry, and it shows — a direct-ish sequel to the first Nightmare, Dream Warriors has Freddy returning to haunt the children of the people who “killed” him many years ago. He’s even given a bit of an origin story. It doesn’t quite capture the suspense or thrills of the first movie, but the effects are delightful and highly memorable, the cast is surprising (Patricia Arquette! Laurence Fishburne! Briefly, Zsa Zsa Gabor!), and it was successful enough to make more sequels inevitable. Hollywood never gives up easily on a profitable idea.
NIGHTMARE DAY PASS:
Everybody has a favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, but it’s barely worth taking your red and green sweater to the cleaners if you’re only going to come see one! Let Freddy truly haunt your dreams – and your entire Saturday – by marathoning all six Elm Street movies on the primary timeline from the 1984 original through Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (yes, we know there were tangents like Freddy vs. Jason and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, but there are only so many hours in the day).
In a true test of your Freddy fandom, we’ll start the screenings at 10:00am, and run them in sequence – with a few minutes in between for comfort breaks and popcorn refills – through midnight:
- 10:00am – A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- 12:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
- 3:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
- 5:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
- 8:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
- 10:30pm – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
The All-Day Nightmare Pass is $40, or $35 for Theatre Members.
Support is provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.