THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: One of the stronger Elm Street sequels, 'Dream Warriors' brings back leading heroine Nancy Thompson to help the remaining Elm Street survivors (and the entire franchise, after the dud that was 'Freddy's Revenge'). The script was very well-written, and Wes Craven's influence was all over the final product. The producers and director felt it was time to really dig deep into the dream realm and show that all things are possible. The fact that this film took place at Westin Hills and not really on Elm Street hurts it a little bit, but Westin Hills became one of the centerpieces of the franchise going forward, all the way through 'Freddy Vs. Jason', so it wasn't all bad. The acting in this film was a huge upgrade over Part 2, with names like Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne (credited as Larry) cutting their teeth in the industry. The supporting roles of Craig Wasson and John Saxon really helped round out the story and give it a lot more depth. The kill scenes in this film set the stage for the rest of the sequels, and became more about Freddy getting you in your own environment as opposed to him bringing you into his. Very creative and very unique for its time.
The title track 'Dream Warrior' by Dokken helped give the film mainstream credibility through its play on MTV (when it actually still played music videos), and the score of Angelo Badalamenti was well done, and really made you feel like you were there as one of the group, feeling their fears and experiencing their terror. The music of this film allowed for better soundtracks going forward (with the exception of Part 5). Robert Englund again delivered as Freddy, and proved at this point, that the role is forever his, no matter who else may don the striped sweater and fedora. 7.5 out of 10.
A.J.: Dream Warriors brought hope back into the series for me. I really liked the idea of all of them having their own special dream powers. 7 out of 10.
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