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->''"We're the dream warriors''\\
''Don't wanna dream no more''\\
''We're the dream warriors''\\
''And maybe tonight''\\
''Maybe tonight you'll be gone"''
-->-- '''Music/{{Dokken}}''', "Dream Warriors"

'''''A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors''''' is the third film in the ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Nightmare On Elm Street]]'' series, released in 1987.

Freddy is still plaguing the dreams of the teens of Spingwood. Their condition is thought to be a psychological, and several of them has been placed in a psychiatric hospital. Nancy Thompson, the FinalGirl of the first film, joins the hospital staff, planning to help the kids to realize powers within their dreams and become the Dream Warriors to defeat Freddy.

The film added more dark humour into the ''Elm Street'' formula by having Freddy make jokes and one-liners about his victims' plights, an aspect that would carry over into the subsequent sequels. It also establishes the pattern of Freddy tailor-making nightmares to play off each victim's unique fears and self-doubts.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbandonedHospital: The abandoned Westin Hills facility.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:At the end of the "Dream Warriors" music video by Dokken, it's revealed that it was one of Freddy's nightmares.]]
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles:
** Subverted with Dr. Neil Gordon. He's one of the therapists trying to help the Freddy-plagued kids and while skeptical at first, he's actually willing to admit the possibility that they and Nancy are faced with a supernatural threat.
** Played straight with Dr. Elizabeth Simms. She, unfortunately, assumes they're delusional and has one of them sedated: the ''worst'' possible outcome of this trope, under the circumstances.
* AndIMustScream: When Freddy explains he's been absorbing his victims' souls, he pulls off his shirt to demonstrate their tortured faces on his torso. Thankfully, these souls are saved once Freddy is defeated.
* BadassNormal: Nancy, as she is the only character without a dream power, yet still is the most competent "dream warrior".
* BigNo: Joey gets his voice back by shouting a Big No at the sight of the other protagonists being snatched away by the Mirror-Freddies.
* BillingDisplacement: Not in the film itself, but most of the DVD covers and some of the latter VHS covers give Patricia Arquette top billing and the most space on the cover, despite Heather Langenkamp really being the lead actress.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Perhaps surprisingly for a 1980's slasher flick, completely averted. ''Both'' black characters survive the entire film, and one of them never even finds out the truth about Freddy.]]
* BodyHorror: When Freddy threatens [[spoiler:Taryn]] with syringes full of heroin, [[spoiler:her]] old injection scars turn into greedy, sucking orifices, clamoring for their fix.
* BondOneLiner: Freddy delivers one as he kills [[spoiler:Taryn]] via a heroin overdose.
-->'''Freddy:''' What a rush.
* BuryYourDisabled: [[spoiler:Despite having magic as his dream power, the wheelchair-bound Will doesn't fare any better against Freddy.]]
* CatapultNightmare: [[spoiler:Freddy ''himself'' at the end of the "Dream Warriors" music video.]]
* TheCameo: Zsa Zsa Gabor appears in a television interview with Dick Cavett watched by Jennifer.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: With no other leads to go on, the police assume Freddy's murders are a wave of teen suicides. This includes kids apparently shoving their heads into wall-mounted TV sets (and it's an even bigger stretch if you count the deaths from the first movie).
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover has Taryn with white 80's hair rather than the black spiked mohawk and what looks to be daggers rather than switchblades. A male character wielding a metal mace although no such weapon appears in the film. The girl in the middle seems to be a combination of Nancy and Kristen having Kristen's long hair but Nancy's skunk stripe that goes down the middle of the hair. Kincaid is carrying a black billy club/baton even though he had no weapons.
* DeadlyHug: Freddy kills [[spoiler:Nancy]] by [[spoiler:appearing before her as her father, so that he can get her close enough to kill her]].
* DecapitationPresentation: Freddy does it in one of Kristen's nightmares, decapitating her mother and presenting the head to Kristen... so it can bitch at Kristen for ruining her date.
* DemBones: When Neil and Nancy's dad try to give Freddy's remains a proper burial, he possesses them briefly to kick their ass.
* DoppelgangerAttack: Freddy does this by dragging all but one of the protagonists through a set of mirrors.
* DownInTheDumps: Freddy's remains are hidden in a junkyard. Late in the film, Neil drags Donald there to give them a proper burial.
* DrowningMySorrows: We meet Donald ding this in a bar called [[ShoutOut Little Nemo's]]. He's also ditched his police lieutenant uniform for a security guard outfit, so it's likely he's fallen on hard times since the first movie.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Despite being fatally stabbed by Freddy, [[spoiler: Nancy]] manages to save Kristen by ramming Freddy's own claw into himself and holds onto him long enough for Neil to finish off Freddy's remains in the real world.
* EatenAlive: In one of Kristen's nightmares, Freddy transforms himself into a giant snake creature and tries to eat her from the feet up. He lets her go when Nancy comes to the rescue.
* {{Epigraph}}: The film opens with a quote from Creator/EdgarAllanPoe.
-->Sleep. Those little slices of Death. How I loathe them.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:The closing scene shows one of the windows in the replica of the 1428 Elm Street house lighting up.]]
* EyeScream: Neil mentions a former Westin Hills patient who cut his own eyelids out.
* FanService: Joey's private meeting with Marcie, which turns out to be a trap by Freddy.
* FinalGirl: Kristen Parker.
* GroinAttack: When Don gets clawed by the Freddy's skeleton, it at first looks like he was stabbed in the stomach, but when the skeleton lifts him up, it reveals he got it in the balls.
* HeroicBSOD: Don is a broken-down drunk due to what happened in the first movie.
* HopeSpot:
** During the battle between Freddy and Will, Will uses his magic to destroy the wheelchair that Freddy was using to attack and Freddy gets a look of disbelief and possibly worry on his face, leading viewers to think that Freddy may be vulnerable to Will's magic. [[spoiler: Freddy is immune to Will's power and kills him quite quickly]]
** Nancy joyously declares that "It's over!" after Joey [[spoiler: utilizes his dream power]] and is visited by her father in the dream to declare that he has to cross over and is sorry for what he did to her and tells her how much he loves her. [[spoiler: Turns out that her "father" is actually Freddy and Freddy then murders Nancy.]]
* HorrifyingTheHorror: Played for laughs in the "Dream Warriors" music video. The only thing that scares Freddy is the band Dokken.
* HospitalHottie: Marcie in Joey's would-be erotic dream.
* HostageSituation: Freddy captures Joey and keeps him alive to goad Nancy into coming after him.
* IdiotBall: The reaction to the on-screen deaths rely on this. [[spoiler:Phillip "sleepwalked" his way out of a secured area]]? [[spoiler:Jennifer rammed her head into a TV mounted about her height without a chair]]? Neil is the only one without any Freddy experience that views these acts as more than suicide. This is so he can take Nancy's advice and try unauthorized action that ultimately gets them both relieved of duty, kicking off the rest of the story.
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: This film suggests it's actually ''Freddy's'' belief that trumps this trope:
--> '''Freddy:''' "Sorry, kid. I don't ''believe'' in fairy tales.'' (kills [[spoiler:D&D geek]])
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Donald]] is impaled on the surrounding wreckage when he starts fighting with Freddy's skeleton.
* KnifeNut: Taryn's dream power is being "beautiful and bad", which means that she carries [[DualWielding two switchblades]].
* LenoDevice: Played with in Jennifer's death scene, when she dozes off watching TV. Chatting with his talk-show guest Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dick Cavett abruptly transforms into Freddy and attacks her. It's unclear if Jennifer dozed off mid-broadcast or if the interview itself was part of her dream.
* LosingYourHead: Freddy messes with Kristen by decapitating her mother, and [[DecapitationPresentation presenting]] her scolding head to her.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Joey's dream power, which contrasts with his muteness in the real world.
* MamaBear: Nancy, the ActionGirl survivor of the first movie, turns into this while fighting to protect the kids from Freddy.
* MedicateTheMedium: Turns out that sedating a person being stalked by Freddie is not conducive to their health.
* MirrorMonster: Near the end, Freddy Krueger leads the remaining kids to a room full of mirrors. They see him standing in the largest mirror, upon which he duplicates himself into every mirror in the room and drags them inside kicking and screaming. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Joey learns to use his powerful voice -- his own dream skill -- to attack Freddy and free all his friends.]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: Kristen ''eats'' instant coffee grounds when she's trying to stay awake at the start of the film.
* NaughtyNurseOutfit: Seen in Joey's dream. Justified in that it's a teenage boy's sexual fantasy ... at least, until Freddy takes possession of the dream-nurse.
* NeckLift: Freddy does it to Kincaid when he tries to fight him.
* NiceHat: Nancy has one at [[spoiler:Jennifer]]'s funeral scene.
* NoodleIncident: The other teens' "suicide attempts" hint at some pretty harrowing nightmares.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Kristen is at Westin Hills because her mother thinks tried to kill herself. Other patients have similar stories. Of course, their "attempts" are really wounds from Freddy's attacks.
* NunsAreSpooky: Sister Mary Helena. [[spoiler:Justified because she really is a ghost.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Doctor Simms.
* OhCrap: Nancy is stunned to see that Kristen built a replica of 1428 Elm Street. She's even more surprised when she sees that Freddy is back.
* OrderliesAreCreeps:
** There's an orderly who tries to have sex with ex-junky Taryn by promising her drugs for it.
** Averted by Max, who's a friendly, lenient guy and genuinely wants to help the kids.
* ParentalNeglect: Elaine Parker demonstrates this. She thinks that Kristen's "suicide attempt" is an attempt at getting attention, especially after Elaine took away her credit cards.
* PeoplePuppets: Freddy Krueger does this literally to poor [[spoiler:Philip]] -- first animating one of his own carved puppets, then graphically stringing him along by his bloody tendons until he [[DrivenToSuicide forces him to leap from a high tower]].
* PerversePuppet: Freddy Krueger appears as one by manifesting himself through a marionette doll.
* PlayingWithSyringes: Freddy kills [[spoiler:Taryn]] by turning his fingers into heroin syringes, which he then thrusts into her arms.
* ThePowerOfRock: In the end of Music/{{Dokken}}'s music video ''Dream Warriors'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the video is actually [[HorrifyingTheHorror a nightmare that FREDDY is having]].]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Freddy''': What a nightmare! Who WERE those guys!?]]
* PreExplosionGlow: [[spoiler:In the end, Freddy explodes in a swirling beam of light. Before he does, circles of light emanate from his skin. A cross of light even forms on his forehead.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:Jennifer]]'s death has the distinction of having Freddy deliver two of them in a row.
-->'''Freddy:''' This is it, [[spoiler:Jennifer]], your big break in TV! Welcome to prime time, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]!
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Freddy:''' ''(to Zsa Zsa Gabor)'' Who gives a fuck ''what'' you think?!
* ProperlyParanoid:
** During a group session, Phillip points out how unlikely it is that all of the patients had dreams about the same guy before they met each other.
** Neil initially believed the "attempted suicides" story, but after [[spoiler:Phillip and Jennifer]]'s deaths, he questions the plausibility of it all and listens to whatever Nancy has to say.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The roasted pig that snarls at Kristin at the dream version of the Elm Street house looks like a plastic prop. The film's F/X budget was nearly tapped out when they shot the scene, so they roasted a ''real'' suckling pig and turned it into a puppet.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Nancy gives the kids the benefit of the doubt because of her own experiences.
** Neil soon proves to be one when he believes Nancy and helps the kids to control their dreams to fight Freddy.
** Max also allows Jennifer to stay up past curfew when he sees how terrified she is, [[spoiler:though she still dies]]. He does interfere with Nancy's attempt to help Kristen, but it's clear he genuinely cares for the kids and thinks he's doing the right thing.
* ScaledUp: Freddy transforms into a worm-like creature and tries to eat Kristen during her second onscreen nightmare.
* SelfHarm: Jennifer burns herself with a cigarette to stay awake. [[spoiler: It isn't enough to save her.]]
* SeriesContinuityError: Nancy's SkunkStripe returns, but its on the wrong side.
* ShapeshifterShowdown: An early version of the movie featured one of these between Freddy and Will.
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: Freddy Krueger uses his dream powers to turn himself into a beautiful nurse working at Westin Hills whom Joey was in love with to lure him away from the group. Things get ugly fast, and he ties Joey to the bed over a fiery chasm before turning back to his burned, dreamstalking self.
* ShapeshiftingSquick: One of the dream sequences has Joey being seduced by [[HospitalHottie a sexy nurse]], who turns into Freddy ''from the neck up'' at a key moment.
* ShoutOut: The bar Nancy's father hangs out is called ComicStrip/LittleNemo's.
* ShovelStrike: Freddy's skeleton knocks Neil out with a shovel.
* TheShrink:
** Dr. Simms genuinely wants to help the Elm Street kids, but [[AllTherapistsAreMuggles her refusal to acknowledge the supernatural threat]] only puts them in worse danger.
** Dr. Neil Gordon is mostly an Awesome Shrink, but subverts it when he's willing to use drugs (Hypnocil) to aid his patients.
* StealthHiBye: Sister Mary Helena does it to Neil when he sees her for the first time by disappearing behind a crowd.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Subverted with [[spoiler:Nancy and Don]] as they both die right at the end and both die killing Freddy.
* SuperWheelchair: Villainous example: Freddy conjures up a rusty, spike-covered killer wheelchair to attack a paraplegic youth in his dream.
* TelevisionPortal: Freddy manifests himself on a television set to kill [[spoiler:Jennifer]].
* TimeSkip: At first, it appears to be this. This entry, which came out in 1987, takes place six years after the first, released in 1984. However, the first one actually took place in 1981, the year Craven wrote the screenplay.
* TookALevelInDumbass: While Nancy is one of the more competent characters in this movie, she very easily fell for Freddy posing as her Father [[spoiler: to kill her.]] Even though in the first movie she has seen him imitate her friends and loved ones before.
** Will and Taryn. Unlike Kincaid, Nancy and Kristen who opted to look for one and other, these two decided to fight Freddy on their own. [[spoiler: They didn't win.]] Will especially since he decided to rush Freddy even though he had him [[spoiler: somwhat]] at bay with his magic and had a ranged advantage.
* UnhandThemVillain: Happens when Nancy, Kristen and Kincaid discover Freddy has Joey suspended over a flaming pit.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Taryn]] is the more action-oriented Dream Warrior, and dies because of it.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Elizabeth Simms and Donald Thompson. In the case of Simms although she doesn't believe them about Freddy, as a Doctor she genuinely cares about her patients and is worried about their mental health. In Donald's case, he was trying to protect his Daughter from Krueger and bury the past even though it's clear that it's crippling him. When Neil accused him of not caring about Nancy, he slapped his arms away from him (Neil slammed him against a wall earlier.) showing clearly he does care.
* WhamLine:
** Upon finding the tombstone of [[spoiler:the nun he had been seeing around Westin Hills was Amanda Krueger.]]
-->'''Neil''': [[spoiler:Oh my God. You were his mother.]]
** While not to use the audience, to the Dream Warriors when Nancy explains what's going on.
--> '''Nancy:''' I know who's trying to kill you.
--> '''Kincaid:''' Don't humor us lady, we're not in the mood.
--> '''Nancy:''' [[NiceHat He wears a dirty brown hat.]]
--> '''Kincaid:''' [[OhCrap *Oh Crap expression*]]
--> '''Nancy:''' [[EvilMakesYouUgly He's horribly burned.]] [[RedRightHand He has razors]] [[WolverineClaws on his right hand.]]
--> '''Taryn:'' [[WhoAreYou Who is he?]]
--> '''Nancy:''' His name is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Freddy Krueger.]] He was a [[WouldHurtAChild child murderer before he died.]] After he died he [[FromBadToWorse became something worse.]]
--> '''Will:''' Why is he after us?
--> '''Taryn:''' Ya what did we do?
--> '''Nancy:''' Nothing. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Your parents, my parents....]] [[MamaBear they burned]] [[PapaWolf him alive.]] [[RevengeByProxy And Now we're paying for their sins.]] [[LastOfHisKind You are the last of the Elm Street Children.]]
* {{Wormsign}}: Shown before the Freddy-worm tries to eat Kristen.
* TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled: Not just [[spoiler: Nancy,]] but [[spoiler: Phillip]] as well. [[spoiler: He]] seems to be the OnlySaneMan and calmly points out the faults in the Doctor's beliefs in the cause of the deaths. As well as the fact that they all dreamed about Freddy. To top it off [[spoiler: Phillip]] is the first onscreen death of the movie.
* YouExclamation: Freddy's reaction when he sees that it was Nancy who stabbed him in the eye.
-->'''Freddy:''' You...!
* YouOweMe: Nancy tells her father this when she asks for his help finding Freddy's bones.
* YourSoulIsMine: For the first time, Freddy does this to his victims in order to make himself more powerful.

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