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

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The Fear Fan’s reviews of the Elm Street series continue with A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors. Of all the sequels, this is probably the most popular, but does it deserve to be? Find out what happens when the Fear Fan is confronted by horrifying puppetry, Dungeons & Dragons, and the eternal horror that is a hover nun.

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  • I hate to sound like a stick in the mud, but can we please have text versions of these? I have no interest whatsoever in watching people mug at the camera.

    • Michael A. Novelli


    • You want the scripts we write? Nah, those suck. No one would find “insert clip of some other movie here” a particularly enjoyable read.

      Otherwise, there’s a text recap available for Tron Legacy. There was a review for Mamma Mia before I did my video.

      The simple fact is the videos bring money to the site (not much, I can tell you, but it helps cover the cost). If it were to go strictly text, AB would likely end up closing shop. That may not matter to you; but there are approximately 2 or 3 people who enjoy–or at least tolerate it enough to watch–the new content.

      • Mr. Greene

        It was strictly text for nearly a decade, Stan; it didn’t close up shop once, as I recall… :-P

    • Gideonit

      I don’t know, I find some, like Fear Fan and Stan, to be funny and interesting to watch. And I like several of the movies they’ve covered.

      The text ones are good as well, but I don’t mind the video ones and they offer a different element to the site. It’s not like they’re not posting text ones anymore, so not sure why so many complain about the videos.

      • fearfanforever

        Glad you like the show, and we appreciate the support.
        As I’ve said elsewhere on the website, I understand that some people may not care for the videos, but they ensure a steady stream of content for the website. Written recaps are still produced, so if you don’t like the videos, just don’t watch them until a text review is posted.

        • *grin* Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy the occasional Internet video. But I read MUCH faster than your typical pundit talks, and can absorb written content without having to wear headphones (or turning off whatever music or stultifying conference call I’m already listening to), and in general I find that there’s far more satisfaction (for me) in a well-formed turn of phrase than a cleverly juxtaposed clip or eyebrow waggle. I understand that the videos are a lot cheaper, but the Booth has gone from being a “visit weekly” site to a “visit occasionally” site for me — and will soon become a “visit once every six months” site. That’s not a big deal for me, especially since the RSS feed will let me know when something I’m interested in rolls out, but it means I won’t be seeing your advertising as often as I could.

  • FeverDog


  • Markwell57

    If I’m not mistaken, that “Porno Riff of Indeterminate Origin” that you use in this video is actually from 70’s porn classic ‘Debbie Does Dallas’…

    • fearfanforever

      Your porn knowledge does you credit.
      I myself have never seen the film, and in order to verify your claim, I suppose I’ll have to watch it.
      You know…
      For research…

  • Darknight
    • Michael A. Novelli

      Wow, Amazon has everything…

  • Sunrise089

    I like both text recaps and video recaps (can the videos actually be called “reviews?”), but would any author mind sharing the time commitment difference, if any, between the two formats? Thanks!

    • Michael A. Novelli

      With drafting, a text recap can take up to a month before it’s ready to be submitted, and even then it’s gotta be edited, formatted, and hacked up three ways to breakfast before it’s ready. From my own experience, a typical episode of MMHA takes a day to write, three to five days to get Albert’s revisions back, a day to shoot and do preliminary editing, a day to do voice overs, and, depending on who all is in front of me in line, up to a week for Albert to do a final edit, add clips, format and upload. Whattakes forever is finding a suitable subject for the next episode. It’s not enough to be bad, it has to have a certain “it factor”…

  • kennzeichen1d

    In your “Nightmare on Elm Street 4” video you asked for suggestions. Okay, here is one:
    There is apperently a big-screen-adaptation of “The Woman in Black” (starring Daniel Radcliff) coming out. “The Woman in Black” was also made into a TV-film in the 1980s. I saw that film and it was one of the few that really crept me out, especially the “Carrie”-style ending.
    So how about doing a video about “The Woman in Black”?

    • fearfanforever

      I’ve seen the trailer for the new version, and I’ve got to say, if it’s any indication of the quality of the old one, I’d be happy to take a watch!

  • Rocha674

    It really shows that you like the Nightmare in Elm Street series. Every episode is funny and insightful. A true fan is the one who praises a movie’s strenghts and makes fun – in a respectful manner – of its shortcomings. In this regard you have shown to be a true Elm Street fan.
    I’ve enjoyed everyone of them and it seems that when you come around to tackle the very worst films of this series hillarity will ensue.
    One question: any plans for a John Carpenter feature?

    Congratulations on your Terror obscura feature.

    • Gideonit

      Ooohh yeah, Halloween (original) would be a good candidate!

    • fearfanforever

      I’m glad that my enthusiasm for the series shows, and rest assured, I’m truly dreading my foray into Freddy’s Dead: The Poorly Conceived Nightmare. As for John Carpenter, I’m a huge fan of his work, and even have a soft spot for the campy “Ghosts of Mars.” I really do look forward to reviewing the films of his “Apocalypse Trilogy,” The Thing, In the Mouth of Madness, and Prince of Darkness.
      As for the Halloween series, it’s got a hefty number of movies (eight, isn’t it?) so I’m probably going to wait on that one until I’ve wrapped up a few other reviews I have planned.

  • That was fun, this is probably my favorite series so far on the Agony Booth (though I’m enjoying the others as well). I really appreciate getting these movies out of the way without having to watch them, since it’s not usually my cup of tea.

    • fearfanforever

      I’m happy to hear that, since making horror movies fun and accessible to non-splatter fans was one of my goals! I’m glad you like the show, and happy to hear from you!

  • Clockworkcanary

    I’m loving these – watch them a lot. I like the recent Fun House vid (well, recent to me anyway). Can’t wait ’till you get to the rest of the NOES series …and maybe even tackle Freddy’s Nightmares if you’re ever interested. And being the Friday the 13th uh, fan that I am, of course I would love to see those covered as well. Good job!

    • fearfanforever

      Good to hear that you’re enjoying the show! As for Freddy’s Nightmares, I’m thinking of doing an episode called “All Things Freddy” in which I’ll be doing a review of other series miscellanea, including the novelization of Part III, the aforementioned series, and the truly excellent documentary “Never Sleep Again.”
      And about Friday the 13th…
      We’ll just have to wait and see ;-)

  • Cristiona

    Speaking of recommendations, I’m gonna pimp this old flick once again: Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors. I just figure that any horror fan owes it to themselves to see it. I mean, just look at that title!

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Or Dr. Giggles…

      • Cristiona

        Starring Larry “Please God Don’t Typecast Me” Drake!

  • TheScottCSmith

    “PWND.” Ha, that was great. I was having a bad day until I watched this.

  • Olaf_the_Lofty

    Thank you! A few favourite moments:
    “roughly the same survival instincts as a radish” – a lovely simile.
    Where did the second set of hovernuns (c. 11:15) come from? (I recognised that the first came from the Blues Brothers.)
    I couldn’t help wondering if Taryn was going to stab Freddy with her hair at 16:55. Even if it didn’t kill him, all that hairspray would probably give him a nasty rash.

    • Cristiona

      My guess was the 6th Sense, but I don’t think Bruce Willis looked like that for that movie.

    • fearfanforever

      It’s from a great little movie called “Death Becomes Her.”
      If you haven’t already seen it, I strongly suggest it, especially since it proves the Bruce Willis actually CAN be funny when he isn’t in shit like Hudson Hawk.

      • Cristiona

        Holy crap, really? I actually saw that thing in the theaters. Of course, that’s also the last time I saw it. Goddamn but it was weird.

      • bakagami

        Bruce Willis got his start in comedy & has excellent comedic timing. You just don’t see it all that often anymore since he became an action star. Haven’t you ever seen the TV show “Moonlighters”? The horse he rode in on & at the time was the best thing on TV

        • bakagami

          oops, I’m sorry. that was “Moonlighting”

        • fearfanforever

          Good point, and he’s actually managed to do a bit more of that in recent years with stuff like “RED”.

    • fearfanforever

      Sorry, I meant “Death Becomes Her.” I’ve already edited the post, but I just wanted to make sure you got it.

  • DeanD

    “Kristen, using her new-found ability to flee in terror,” is one of the funniest lines ever. I don’t know how I missed it before.