Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (with rarities)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors screens at the Toronto Underground Cinema on Friday, August 26th with ROBERT ENGLUND in attendance for a post film Q&A. Doors at 7pm, film starts at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Silver Snail, Suspect Video, Eyesore Cinema, Queen Video (Queen St. location only), and the Underground box office during normal business hours.

I adore A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Although, I have previously gushed about the original film being one of my favourite films of all time, Dream Warriors is a movie that holds the same place in my heart.

Working from a story written in part by series creator Wes Craven, the actual script was written by Dream Warriors director Chuck Russell (who would go on to make The Mask and Eraser) and Frank Darabont (who would go on to become one of Hollywood's most sought after talents with films like The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist). The film also assembles a top notch cast of actors from new faces Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne (here credited as Larry) and returning cast members Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon.

Set in an asylum for troubled youths, Nightmare 3 focuses on a group of teenagers being haunted by Freddy on a nightly basis. Nancy Thompson (Langenkamp) returns to Springwood as a psychologist determined to help the children through dream suppressing medication and group therapy. When her efforts seemingly fail and are deemed unethical by hospital administration, it is up to Nancy and the kids to band together to defeat the evil once and for all.

I don't really want to go into a huge history lesson on this one. Instead, I want to share some videos and blogs I have come across in the past that fans of the series might find interesting and that might make more casual fans take notice of how hard the film was to make.

I guess the best place to start would be all this behind the scenes footage that was shot from the set. This is unedited and raw effects work that you can't find on any DVD box set of the series.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors also marked the first time New Line Cinema had the budget to mass market one of their films. Included in this marketing onslaught were a series of bumpers filmed for MTV to herald the arrival of the latest Freddy film. These bumpers can be found on the bonus disc of the now out of print Nightmare on Elm Street box set.

After becoming the most successful film in the franchise (before the fourth film would break that benchmark), a home video promo tape starring Englund as Freddy was created for video store with hopes of drumming up sales. There is actually some really great news clips in this thing as well.

And finally:


Pleasant dreams...

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