February 17

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors, 1987

Welcome back to another edition of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers! This week Dion Baia and J. Blake are dipping into a horror classic, one of the most iconic and famous characters within the genre and what better place to start than right in the middle of the series… that’s right, the boys are talking Freddy Krueger and specifically the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors, from 1987.

A Nightmare on Elm St Part 3: Dream Warriors

That’s right, Blake and Dion start smack in the middle of the franchise, and after touching on the mysterious world that exists for children inside department store circular-coat racks, they jump right into the Elm Street lore; utilizing a largely forgotten Tobe Hooper directed episode of the 1988 series Freddy’s Nightmares, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series which delves deep into Freddy’s backstory, something that was still really unexplored up until that time. They jump into Dream Warriors, discussing the Wes Craven‘s involvement and the original script he submitted, then deemed too dark and subsequently changed due to the subject matter. Dion and Blake get into the controversial topics that are presented in the film, which were still very taboo to cover in the 1980s, topics like depression, self-harm and teen suicide. So, how was this installment as a sequel; did it accomplish what it needed and set out to do? As an effects-heavy film, how do these practical FX hold up nowadays? How does this stack up in relation to the other A Nightmare on Elm Street movies? And what’s Dion‘s funny story about meeting actor Robert Englund back in 2009 and the autograph he asked for? Well all these intriguing and mind-blowing questions get answered, so grab some coffee or a Red Bull, because whatever you do, you don’t want to fall asleep during this week’s all new episode of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers!


As discussed in the podcast, check out this rare episode of Freddy’s Nightmares, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series, that explores the child murder Freddy Krueger’s nefarious history in coming the demonic villain we know him as today.

Here are both the original Wes Craven script deemed too dark by the studio, and the one that was ultimately filmed.

Check the Dokken music video for their song Dream Warriors, for the 3rd Elm Street film.

Have a look at the original trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors.

Take a look HERE and HERE at the photos of the unused SFXs of Freddy’s head on the nurse’s body.

As discussed in the podcast, check out J. Blake‘s appearance on the WrongReel Podcast, talking about the great Buster Keaton.

Here is the photo of Dion meeting Robert Englund in 2009.

Also brought up in the cast, here is the fascinating book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell.

Lastly, also talked about, check out the amazing PBS American Experience documentary entitled The Lobotomist, about neurologist Walter J. Freeman and his once exulted way of dealing with our mentally ill in this country, by way of transorbital lobotomies.


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Posted February 17, 2017 by admin in category "Classic", "Fantasy", "Horror", "Slasher Film", "Thriller


  1. By Jose A. Rivera on

    Ah, Dream Warriors! I remember back in the day when WPIX would have movies on weeknights and this is probably when I saw this one. I had vague memories of the second one being on HBO when I was a kid, but I got into this one. It’s pretty cool how they got Nancy back and had the balls to kill her off.

    As for Freddy’s Nightmares, I vaguely remember it being on channel 9 when I was a kid and I caught the ending of one where someone was on a treadmill and got sucked in…least I think that’s what happened. I haven’t seen it in a long time. Damn, I miss anthology shows!
    I’ve come to appreciate Dream Warriors more as an adult. I think it’s the sequel I go back to the most.

    1. By admin (Post author) on

      Hey Jose! Great memories. We certainly love the old days of WPIX- Ha! And, Part 3 seems to be a fan favorite for sure. As always, thanks for dropping by and commenting, and thank you so much for your continued support!

  2. By Joseph W on

    I loved Dream Warriors too & it does have my favorite kills & effects in the series. It’s almost amazing to think that Craven was going to do a “meta-horror” New Nightmare type sequel with the original script. Would we have the Scream franchise in the late 80’s if this happened? I do agree with the criticisms that it started to turn Freddy into more of a jokester & less of the boogeyman from the original.

    I never got to see Freddy’s Nightmares. In Chicago, it was on the local NBC affiliate past midnight & my young self didn’t know how to program the advanced technology of a VCR. I did get to see a lot of episodes of Friday the 13th The Series thanks to WPWR Ch. 50 (basically the Chicago version of WPIX). WPWR had all the big syndicated sci-fi & horror shows like ST TNG, War of the Worlds, & F13 on at decent times. I was a big fan & it also scared the crap out of me back then. I admit Robey was one of my first major crushes. With the passing of Chris Wiggins last week (RIP), maybe we can get a TV podcast on it during October Horror month. Thanks for another informative & entertaining podcast.

    1. By admin (Post author) on

      Great memories Joseph, thank you for taking the time to comment. And thanks for listening. Maybe we will do a TV horror special in the coming future! 😉

  3. By Bryan on

    It’s listened to this and in it you touch upon Freddy becoming this cult icon and he really was.

    Personally Freddy helped me meet my wife. I was handing out candy for trick or treat and this girl was taking some kids house to house and she had on a Freddy Krueger costume so we talked a bit and then went on about or lives.

    Years later I meet a girl online whose profile mentioned she liked horror which helped draw me to her and one of her favorite series was a nightmare on elm street. So this was the subject of the first conversation we had.

    I only found out later that she was that same person years ago who was dressed as Freddy I had talked to trick or treating.

    Thanks to Freddy being such an icon it was something that kind of drew us together initially. Its crazy to think how some slasher villian influenced so much of the time period he was in. Great podcast, I got my friends all listening to it now.

    1. By J. Blake on

      Wow…great story! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us…and thanks for listening!



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