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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (1987)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Chuck Russell

Starring:
Heather Langenkamp/Nancy
Craig Wasson/Neil
Patricia Arquette/Kristen
Jennifer Rubin/Taryn
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Freddy’s (Englund) still kickin and this time he’s after the last of the Elm Street children. That’s until his old nemesis Nancy (Langenkamp) walks in to help the hunted youth and defeat the dream buffoon.
THE LOWDOWN
Freddy steps into the spotlight along with the visual effects. This film takes the concept of the original and stretches it a tad further for the better and for the worse. The effects are bigger and crazier (loved the Freddy snake), the stalk scenes are replaced with fight scenes, the dreams are more fantasy oriented and so are the kills. The problem with the new direction is that Freddy is no longer the frightening devil stalking in the shadows, now he’s the goofy tour guide, the one liner spitting host, Freddy takes center stage and it’s not for the better if you’re a horror fan. Most of the kills are very cruel but not scary ( I could of went without the kid turning into a wizard, that was too cheesy for me). This marks the series hint into mainstream. I mean Part 4-5-6 are almost family flicks. .

Putting my disappointment of the series’ entry into fantasy/camp aside I will give credit where credit is due. This film is pretty slick. It has a very large cast and gives every character enough time to develop. All the kids are credible troubled teens and that helps. The film continues the story set up by the first one: we learn more about Freddy’s origins, Lt Thomson (Saxon) comes back and so does Nancy (Langenkamp). The film is a roller coaster ride of effects and imagination that rarely quits. The visuals are quite impressive, it doesn’t get much better than that human puppet… This flick gets it both ways, it has a strong story and is also great eye candy.

But all that fun has a price. That price is the soul of Freddy Krueger. The man of horror fans dreams becomes the man of everybody’s dreams…now that’s scary…
GORE
Some tasty stuff here. My favs being the human puppet being strung along by his veins (bloody) and of course the giant Freddy snake (wow). I will say that the living skeleton effect is very weak.
ACTING
Heather Langenkamp (Nancy) gives her weakest performance of the series. She just felt off. Craig Wasson (Neil) does good and survives his scenes with Langenkamp, that’s talent. Patricia Arquette (Kristen) is introduced to movie fans around the world, she does fine. Ken Sagoes (Kincaid) plays one of those characters you’ll love or hate, he likes calling Freddy a pussy and yells a lot. Rodney Eastman (Joey) doesn’t have many lines but his character always shines through. Jennifer Rubin (Taryn) rocks the house and gets to sport a funky mohawk. Bradley Gregg (Phillip) is very kool and I was sorry to see him go so fast. Penelope Sudrow (Jen) is very sympathetic as the wannabe actress, I liked her, where is she now? John Saxon (Donald) shows up again and I adored every second he was onscreen…love that guy. A pre fame Laurence Fishburne makes an appearance…solid as ever.
T & A
Some blonde nurse honors us with a pair of boobs that deserve to be molded and be put on display in a museum…god I love women…
DIRECTING
Chuck Russell does good with his first film. Lots of mood, smooth camera movements and a great use of sound. This entry is also less dark in tone than the previous two…is that good?
SOUNDTRACK
A wonderful score by Angelo Badalamenti and some hard rock courtesy of Dokken.
BOTTOM LINE
Freddy’s not totally pop yet but this flick opens the door. The film still paints many creepy images but Freddy is without a doubt less scary. He has more one-liners, is less in the shadows and he’s slowly becoming the hero. At least the flick has a mean streak and funny one-liners: Welcome To Prime Time Bitch. The series should have ended here, this flick wraps everything up. But cash registers called loud and Freddy answered.
BULL'S EYE
The scene in which Neil Gordon (Craig Wasson) is thrown into the grave and partially buried by the skeleton of Freddy is a tribute to Body Double, in which Wasson's character is similarly buried alive.

When the clay puppet face turns into Freddy's, special-effects man Doug Beswick used stop-motion animation. Filming began with a clay Freddy face that was made plainer in each frame. The result was then run backwards, and that is what appears in the final cut of the film.

The movie on TV that Jennifer watches before she dies is Critters.
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12:52AM on 04/30/2010

Good sequel

But in my opinion it's overrated.
I liked a lot of it and the human puppet scene is still to this date the ONLY death scene i've ever scene that makes me cringe.
The characters are REALLY well developed and i cared about them all...and Nancy is back who is one of my favorite characters ever.
But here are my issues...I prefer my Freddy more dark then jokey. He wasn't so bad in this sequel...but this movie just was NOT scary.
A lot of the fantasy elements annoyed me, wizard master.
But in my opinion it's overrated.
I liked a lot of it and the human puppet scene is still to this date the ONLY death scene i've ever scene that makes me cringe.
The characters are REALLY well developed and i cared about them all...and Nancy is back who is one of my favorite characters ever.
But here are my issues...I prefer my Freddy more dark then jokey. He wasn't so bad in this sequel...but this movie just was NOT scary.
A lot of the fantasy elements annoyed me, wizard master. And i wasn't too crazy on the last half hour or so. If the movie had been more scary and if the ending had been tightened up and better this would've been a great sequel as opposed to a good one. My fave sequel is New Nightmare.
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2:29PM on 03/10/2010

The best of the "Elm Street" series.

This is second best "Elm Street" of the series. Thanks to good directing by Chuck Russell (The Blob "1988", Eraser, The Mask"), some terrific visual effects (Few still remains creepy after all these years) and the music score of Angelo Badalamenti (Blue Velvet).

An strong cast helps like Craig Wasson (Body Double), Patricia Arquette (True Romance), Laurence Fishburne (Event Horizon), Jennifer Ruben (Screamers), Bradley Gregg (Fire in the Sky), Rodney Eastman (The Caveman`s Valentine),
This is second best "Elm Street" of the series. Thanks to good directing by Chuck Russell (The Blob "1988", Eraser, The Mask"), some terrific visual effects (Few still remains creepy after all these years) and the music score of Angelo Badalamenti (Blue Velvet).

An strong cast helps like Craig Wasson (Body Double), Patricia Arquette (True Romance), Laurence Fishburne (Event Horizon), Jennifer Ruben (Screamers), Bradley Gregg (Fire in the Sky), Rodney Eastman (The Caveman`s Valentine), Priscilla Pointer (Carrie) and John Saxon (Black Christmas).

Only weak performance of the movie was Heather Langerkamp as Nancy, which she was so good in the original. Robert Englund is still scary as Freddy but here he does start cracking jokes (Which some are memorable).

The movie still have some scary/horrific moments. Thanks to a tight script by Wes Craven, Director Russell, Frank Darabont (The Mist) and Bruce Wagner (I`m Losing You) makes this movie works. Don`t miss it.
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4:08PM on 01/21/2009
This is the best Nightmare sequel I've seen to date. Still not as good as the first, but it's ok.
This is the best Nightmare sequel I've seen to date. Still not as good as the first, but it's ok.
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1:01AM on 10/14/2008

I Like It!

Well off the bat with the edgar allen poe quote we know what we are gettin in to. Once again, we have great character development, wen you have that, the kills are MUCH harder to watch. Each death scene is great imo. Also the soundtrack Rocks. With some "Quiet Cool" and Dokken rocking the house. Also freddy starts comin out and this is where it rocks, he gets his by killing his foe. Its all good here.
Well off the bat with the edgar allen poe quote we know what we are gettin in to. Once again, we have great character development, wen you have that, the kills are MUCH harder to watch. Each death scene is great imo. Also the soundtrack Rocks. With some "Quiet Cool" and Dokken rocking the house. Also freddy starts comin out and this is where it rocks, he gets his by killing his foe. Its all good here.
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8:12PM on 10/02/2006

prime time!

This is one of the better sequels. While this is where Freddy becomes the one-liner king, it seems to work because there is a decent balance of humor and horror. Also the special effects are great for the most part (though the "wizardry" and the skeleton looked lame). It's a fun entry in the sequels.
This is one of the better sequels. While this is where Freddy becomes the one-liner king, it seems to work because there is a decent balance of humor and horror. Also the special effects are great for the most part (though the "wizardry" and the skeleton looked lame). It's a fun entry in the sequels.
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