There was by the end of the original no doubt that there would be sequels. While the first sequel was a complete mess the second works much better as a follow up. This could probably be considered the second best sequel next to Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.
Whereas Freddy’s Revenge was practically out of continuity Dream Warriors follows on from the original and brings forward a new story that lacks horror, but delivers all the way with what it’s got. Bringing back two of the main characters from the first film was a very good idea as it gave the characters more insight into who Freddy was and everything unlike in the second film which had very little reference to the events of the first film. While this doesn’t seem like quite such a serious story it is far better than the contrived mess that was the downfall of the second film.
The dream sequences are much better thought out this time around and the death scenes are all inventive. While these dream sequences are all much clearer than in the second film they don’t have the suspense of the original’s. However while the dream sequences from the original were more intense and serious the ones in Dream Warriors are more energized. As for the death scenes they hold up pretty well and reach heights that Freddy’s Revenge scraped the bottom of. I think they would be best described as violent and imaginative.
As for the acting it is pretty good. The return of Nancy and Lt. Thompson was a fine idea as the acting skills of Heather Langenkemp and John Saxon are as good before. The other characters are all kind of fun to watch as they struggle against Freddy (Robert Englund) who is as insane as ever and has taken to throwing in some one liners. Though these aren’t exactly funny they don’t seem quite as ridiculous as the ones in later sequels. One character who seems cool is the character Max who is played by a young Laurence Fishburne who is gives a surprisingly fun performance even if he doesn’t do much When taking a look at the casting I think that they made all the right choices unlike in the previous film which failed.
Containing more of what made the original fun A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors is a significant improvement over Freddy’s Revenge. Though lacking the horror of the original it still worth a watch.