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

USA, 1987
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby, English

An American horror film directed by Chuck Russell.

Plot Summary

Nancy Thompson, the survivor of Freddy Kreuger’s first assault on the teens of Elm Street, is now working as a counselor advising young people suffering from sleep problems. When some of her clients are targeted by Kreuger, she helps them to fight back.


Director: Chuck Russell
© MCMLXXXVII [1987] The Third Elm Street Venture
New Line Cinema, Heron Communications, Inc. and Smart Egg Pictures present a Robert Shaye production
Executive Producers: Wes Craven, Stephen Diener
Line Producer: Rachel Talalay
Producer: Robert Shaye
Co-producer: Sara Risher
Associate Producer: Niki Marvin
Screenplay by: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont
Story by: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner
Based on Characters Created by: Wes Craven
Director of Photography: Roy H. Wagner
Edited by: Terry Stokes, Chuck Weiss
Music by: Angelo Badalamenti
Sound Mixer: William Fiege
Costume Designer: Camile Schroeder
Key Makeup: Christa Reusch
Key Hairdresser: H. Wayne Coker
Krueger Makepp and Effects: Kevin Yagher
Special Makeup Effects Sequences: Greg Cannom, Mark Shostrum [real name: Mark Shostrom]
Stop-motion Skeleton and Marionette Effects by: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
Mechanical Special Effects by: Peter Chesney, Image Engineering, Inc.
Special Visual Effects by: Dreamquest Images
Art Directors: Mick Strawn, C.J. Strawn

Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson)
Patricia Arquette (Kristen Parker)
Larry Fishburne [real name: Lawrence Fishbure] (Max)
Priscilla Pointer (Dr Elizabeth Simms)
Craig Wasson (Dr Neil Gordan)
Brooke Bundy (Elaine Parker)
Bradley Gregg (Phillip Anderson)
Rodney Eastman (Joey Crusel)
Ira Heiden (Will Stanton)
Nan Martin (nun)
Jennifer Rubin (Taryn White)
Ken Sagoes (Roland Kincaid)
Penelope Sudrow (Jennifer Caulfield)
John Saxon (Donald Thompson)
Dick Cavett (himself)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (herself)
Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
Clayton Landey (Lorenzo)
Kristen Clayton (little girl)
Sally Piper (nurse #1)

Sequel to
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
New Nightmare (1994)

See also
Body Double (1984)
Scream (1996)

Includes extracts from
Critters (1986)


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  • Empire November 1998 p.138 – review, credits
  • Fangoria Poster Magazine no.1 p.53 – article
  • Fear no.5 p30 – article
  • Premiere June 1987 p.19 – review (by Jean-Paul Chaillet)
  • Samhain no.4 p.21 – review
  • Samhain no.5 p.5 – article
  • Samhain no.6 p.34 – review
  • Scarlet Street no.30 p.20 – review
  • Shivers no.110 p.27 – article
  • Video Watchdog no.36 p.54 – review


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