YMMV: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

  • Awesome Music: Dokken's "Dream Warriors".
  • Even Better Sequel: There are some fans who believe this, and consider it even better than the original. That fact that it's widely regarded as the best of the entries that Craven didn't direct helps.
  • Fridge Horror: The souls of the people Freddy kills gives him strength, now imagine all the deaths from 1, 2 and 3 up to that reveal. That's about 21 people he killed on screen and counting.
    • The fact that he collects their souls at all adds new levels of creepiness to all the scenes where little kids appear in his victims' dreams. Were they not just dream-imagery, but the same little kids he'd murdered when he was still alive, forever bound to do his bidding and lure others to their deaths?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This wouldn't be the only time Laurence Fishburne would deal with dreams that can kill you.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Despite Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome, the popularity of Nancy as the Final Girl, and the fact that it isn't until near the very end of the movie that Freddy kills Nancy (disguised as her father), it seemed very unlikely it would happen — so when it does, it's quite shocking. Having it Played for Drama as a Tear Jerker only emphasizes the subversion.
  • Memetic Mutation: Sister Mary Helena (Amanda Krueger)'s line regarding Freddy's conception, "the bastard son of a hundred maniacs", is rather memorable.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • During Kristen's first on-screen nightmare, as she's running down the hall carrying the little girl, it's pretty obvious she's actually carrying a doll or mannequin.
    • For some reason, the sound of Freddy's voice is completely inconsistent. Half of the time, he has that deep, devious vocal effect applied to his voice, making him sound demonic and inhuman. But half of the time, the effect is totally missing, and he just sounds like Robert Englund. Sometimes this switch happens in the middle of the same scene; a few times, even in the same sentence! Perhaps most notable are a few particular moments, where the deep voice is there, but sounds rather basic, as though Englund's voice has been deepened but nothing else has been applied. Maybe the sound designers ran out of time?
  • Squick: Joey is having a dream where he is making out with a hot nurse... who turns out to be Freddy in disguise. Sweet dreams, everyone. It was going to be even worse originally: Freddy's head was going to be on the naked nurse's body.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: This film is considered a marked improvement over Freddy's Revenge, which, while not completely bad, deviated too much from the first film's plot.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The whole "special powers in your dreams" thing never amounted to much. At best, characters just briefly delayed their deaths by bombarding Freddy with attacks that were just minor annoyances, and in the end its not the powers or teamwork that beat him, its Neil shoving his bones into a hole and attacking it with holy water and a crucifix.
    • Although the combination of powers and teamwork does allow several dreamers to save Joey and stay alive long enough for Neil to get the job done, giving this film's teens a better rate of survival than most entries in the franchise.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The heroes discover they can use dream powers. Kincaid gets Super Strength, Taryn turns into a badass punk chick with two switchblades and the skill to use them, Will can turn into a wizard straight out of his Tabletop Games, and Joey gets something like a sonic scream. Kristen... can do gymnastics.
    • Kristen's real dream power was always her ability to draw others into her own dreams; the gymnastics were a secondary power. It's still better than Nancy, who doesn't get any dream powers.
  • The Woobie: Via Cerebus Retcon, Dream Warriors made all of Freddy's previous victims this (except Coach Schneider), with the reveal that Freddy absorbs his victims souls and internalizes them for power. This keeps them in a constant state of pain and anguish. Meaning Tina, Rod, Glen, and everybody else had never stopped suffering even after Freddy died.