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30 years ago today, one of the most popular big-name sequels of all time was released in the form of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors. Personally, it's not one of my favorites in the series as I actually prefer the melodrama and homoerotic "undertones" of the prior film, but I can see why many fans were glad to see Dream Warriors go in a different direction. It's got some cool scenes here and there, and most of the kills are now considered to be among the best in the franchise. I just felt like this was the exact moment when the writers started focusing too much on fun and not enough on fear. Freddy is in full-on Seinfeld mode here, cracking wise at every opportunity and becoming just a tad bit too likeable for child murdering dream demon.
If you're left wanting more, try screening the third entries of other major franchises. Halloween III: Season of the Witch is an underrated gem as long as you know going in that it's not directly tied to the rest of the series. Friday the 13th Part 3 was the establishing film for Jason Voorhees in which he finally acquires the iconic hockey mask he would forevermore be known by. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is... well... just barely good. It's a true tipping point for the series with the strongest start and the weakest everything else.