Trivia / A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Actor Allusion: Freddy's bones knock Neil into his supposed grave and starts shoveling dirt on him. This references Neil's actor Craig Wasson being buried alive in Body Double.
Banned in China: The film was banned in Queensland, Australia for a while due to its drug references.
Billing Displacement: 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.
Throw It In: Robert Englund improvised quite a few of Freddy Krueger's one-liners, but the best-known example happened in a scene where Freddy emerges from a television set and kills a girl by smashing her head into it. The scripted line was "This is it, your big break in TV!" which Englund said on the first take. When the director went for an alternate angled shot however, Englund changed the line to "Welcome to Prime Time, bitch!" The different camera angle made it easy to edit the two lines together, and it became probably Freddy's defining one-liner. According to The Other Wiki, the line was originally "You're on TV now, girl!"
The script had Sally Kellman in the scene which featured Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Among the concepts and FX that had to be abandoned for various reasons:
Taryn's head was supposed to explode when Freddy stuck in the needles, but the gag wouldn't work correctly.
In the original script, one of the Warriors dreams up a giant Transformers-style robot to fight Freddy. The sequence even made it into the storyboards stage, but budgetary constraints made filming it impossible.
FX creator Mark Shostrom created a desiccated "little girl corpse" which Kristen would discover she was holding, but it was decided that the item was too grotesque. A miniature skeleton was used instead.
The iconic sexy nurse dream sequence could have been so very very different: an alternate version was filmed with Stacey Alden (who played the nurse) transforming into Freddy with Stacey made up to look like Robert Englund from the neck up (there are images on google; seek them at your own risk). It was decided this was too much even for an Elm Street film so the sequence was refilmed with Alden in normal make-up, rescuing a defining cinematic moment for adolescents everywhere.