10 Reasons A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 Is The Best Freddy Film
10. It Creates A Stand-Alone Canon
While A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge could hold its’ own within the horror community for a while, once the third installment came around, the sequel lost its’ original flair and could no longer compete. I’d say a lot of us can agree that the return of original character Nancy Thompson gave the third film a great name in the way of building a bridge between old and new, instead of just doing Freddy VS New Person. Heather Langenkamp, thank you for returning for some serious Freddy ass-kicking, despite not making it all the way to the end.
9. The Setting Is Even Better Than The First
No one is going to argue that it’s only natural for a movie called A Nightmare On Elm Street to be placed on Elm Street. However, moving away from the neighborhood was a choice that most of us are probably glad was made. After two movies set in the same place, a new and effective environment would be welcomed- and it was. The psychiatric ward was the perfect setting, which really drove the premise of the film. The loss of control over the patients’ sleep makes antagonists out of the staff, who want to sedate them as a means of acting on behalf of their own good. Of course, we can’t forget about the “quiet room”. The collective paranoia put across really provides the perfect vehicle for reinserting Nancy, who is the real expert on the possibly life-ending nightmares.
8. Better SFX
While it’s clear that visuals will improve with time -especially given the two previous Freddy films began in the early 1980’s- the third franchise installment is undoubtedly considered one of the top visual feats of that decade. Since the films rely heavily on effects, it only makes sense that advances and an added higher budget would set the tone for better and more gruesome scenes.
7. Exposition That Doesn’t Suck
As the rest of the horror industry would later prove, continuously re-opening and re-corking a story for the sake of revenue is generally not going to end well. However, Dream Warriors gave evidence that when done well, new plots throughout a continuous one can yield positive results. For example, we got to learn about why Freddy’s soul is still around offing people, while sticking to the original story of the third movie.
6. Better Separation Of Waking And Dream Worlds
The original A Nightmare On Elm Street film was not very mindful of the transitions between when Nancy was awake and when she was asleep. However, Dream Warriors gave recognition of real life and dream world. Does the reanimated skeleton of Freddy get a pass, though? Of course not. Although, this is technically a ghost movie. What’s the skeleton gonna do, not spring to life with the intention to kill?
5. Superior Acting
Absolutely not taking away from a young Johnny Depp, the acting in A Nightmare On Elm Street was a little stiff and definitely not something to write home about. Although no one will mistake the third film for Oscar bait, the acting really brought the franchise to a whole new level. In this film, the story basically demanded that each character have individuality, but the cast truly stepped it up by adding an in-depth, general atmosphere of dread.
4. Better Ending
The ending of the original had some great moments, yes, but it left more questions than answers. Was it just a dream? Who was dreaming? Is Freddy still alive? As annoying as this was for viewers, sequel number three filled in all the holes from both previous ending plots. On top of being cleaner, the ending for Dream Warriors provided a satisfying explanation as to why it was truly over for good this time. The restless spirit is committed to the grave, the heroine is martyred, and there’s a general sense of satisfaction about the film coming full-circle. Despite the teaser for another sequel at the end, this in no way jeopardizes the conclusion. It simply screams finality.
3. Best Englund Performance
Robert Englund is Freddy Krueger. Everyone knows this, so it’s sometimes difficult to imagine that there are different degrees of quality in his approach to on-screen performances. However, upon viewing the earlier films, there are times where a lack of passion in his delivery is clear. In part two, the creep factor was increased a bit, but it wasn’t until part three that Englund really let himself engulf every part of his novel character. Although it was quite a slippery slope allowing him to crack wise at his victims, many people unfairly forget that in the early phases, it worked well.
2. Death Scenes That Swing For The Fences
The original film no doubt has two of the most iconic death scenes in horror history. However, Dream Warriors hatched a whole new level of imaginative violent deaths. Why not make puppet strings out of someone’s arteries, or slash another person’s face off?
- No, It’s NOT Like Part 4, 5, Etc.
It seems people more readily remember the first film fondly compared to the rest, simply because the later installments weren’t as impressive. However, we must give recognition to the fact that the atmosphere of part three still holds dark and gloomy, much like the original. Add to that, all the things that neutered Freddy later on were very much his strengths in Dream Warriors.
So there you have it! Given all of this compelling evidence added to how I already felt, I have to agree; A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors may actually be the best of the best within the Freddy Krueger based franchise. What do ya’ll think? Which movie is your favorite? Comment below!
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