Genre Guesstimation – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Todd of The Forgotten Filmz Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite 80’s Teen Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Todd!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 80’s Teen Films…..

“It’s now or never. I’m not gonna kid you, this is as dangerous as it gets. If you die in this dream it’s for real. Nobody has to go in that doesn’t want to.” – Nancy Thompson

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Numerous times on cable in the 80’s and 3 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Freddy Krueger is back to haunt the dreams of the children of the people who burned him alive, but a group of them have learned to fight back in their dreams.

My Take on it – As everyone who knows me is probably already aware, I am not a fan of movies in the horror genre.

This is a film that I recall seeing as a kid a few times on cable and really enjoyed it a lot largely due to the way that it adds so much to the overall premise of the series.

This film actually allows the kids to fight back against the monster in their nightmares and that works really well.

Loved the way that the various powers of these characters are quite diverse because it allows them to work together when trying to defeat this enemy.

Robert Englund once again does a great job in the role of the sadistic Freddy Krueger and his one-liners are delivered in a creepy manner.

The movie is a bit too short for its own god and things might have been even better if they would have sent a bit more time developing these characters on a deeper and more meaningful way.

Bottom Line – Great addition to this series because it finds a way to let the characters fight back.  Englund is once again great as Krueger and is able to deliver his one-liners really well and effectively.  Love the way that the powers that the kids have all are very diverse and that allows for them to find ways to work together to fight off this monster. The film might be a bit too short since it might have been even more effective if it would have had more time to develop the characters even further. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the dream sequence, in which a Dick Cavett interview is interrupted by Freddy Krueger, Sally Kellerman was originally in the script as the guest, but Cavett was then allowed to pick the person he’d be interviewing. He picked Zsa Zsa Gabor, because he thought she was the dumbest person he’d ever met in his life, and he’d never have her on his show in real life. So, if there was one person he’d want to see killed by Freddy, it would be her. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close. This is the best of the whole series IMHO and the characters are developed well enough to make this more than just another slasher film.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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