A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

1987 film by Wes Craven, Chuck Russell

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a 1987 film about Freddy Krueger continuing his murdering, but a group of kids, led by Freddie's main opponent in the first film (Nancy Thompson), prepares to fight back.

Directed by Chuck Russell. Written by Wes Craven, Frank Darabont, Chuck Russell, and Bruce Wagner.
Freddy's just around the corner...taglines

Freddy Krueger

  • This is it, Jennifer. Your big break in TV. Welcome to prime time, bitch! [slams Jennifer's head into the TV]
  • What's wrong, Joey? Feeling tongue-tied?
  • [seeing Nancy Thompson for the first time in six years] You.


Dr. Gordon: l want us to talk about last night. l want us to get our feelings out in the open.
Roland: He wasn't strong enough, so he got wasted. That's all.
Taryn: That's all? is that what you think?
Roland: He couldn't hack it, so he got nailed. Period.
Taryn: Yeah. Big, tough badass. How long will you last?
Roland: Longer than any of you.
Kristen: Just Go ahead and fight. That's what he wants.
Will: Who?
Jennifer: Who do you think? What does he want?
Kristen: [at a group meeting, after Freddy kills Phillip] He's turning us against each other so we will be weak.
Roland: Horseshit.
Nancy: No, she's right.
Dr. Simms: I think We're all missing the point here. Phillip's death was a sleepwalking accident. Nothing more.
Will: No. l could see him up there...his face. He was wide awake... all the way down.
Dr. Gordon: Then it was suicide. Phillip quit. He gave up.
Jennifer: Joey says it wasn't suicide.
Dr. Gordon: Listen to me, Joey. Phillip killed himself. That's a cowardly thing. That's an empty thing. He let himself down. He let all of us down.
Taryn: lt was murder! Can't you understand that? and that bastard murdered him!
Dr. Simms: I'm not going to take any more of this. How much longer are you going to go on blaming your dreams for your own weaknesses?
Roland: Lady, how much longer you gonna keep blowing smoke up our ass?
Dr. Gordon: That's enough, Kincaid!
Dr. Simms: There will be no repeat occurrences of last night's events. From now on your doors will be locked during sleeping hours. We'll start a policy of evening sedation for everybody.
Roland: [jumping out of his seat] The fuck you will! Anybody tries drugs on me gets his ass kicked!
Dr. Simms: Well, you just bought yourself a night in the quiet room, mister. Now sit down!
Roland: Fuck you! You sit down!
Dr. Gordon: Easy, Kincaid.
Roland: Nobody's putting me to sleep! man! man! Get away! Let me alone! Ain't nobody putting me to sleep! l don't want to go to sleep! l ain't going to sleep!
Dr. Simms: Stay in your seats.

Kristen: Five, six, grab a crucifix. Seven, eight, better stay up late. Nine, ten, never... never...
Nancy: [appearing at the doorway] Never sleep again. Where did you learn that rhyme?

Nancy: [referring to the model house that Kristen built herself] I used to live in this house.
Kristen: That's just a house I dream about.

Kristen: [talking about Freddy] The man in my dreams, he's real, isn't he?
Nancy: He's real.

Nancy: [at a group meeting] I know who's trying to kill you.
Kincaid: Save it lady. We're not in the mood.
Nancy: He wears a dirty brown hat. He's horribly burned. He has razors on his right hand.
Taryn: Wh-who is he?
Nancy: His name is Freddy Krueger. He was a child murderer when he was alive. After he died, he became something much, much worse. Six years ago, he killed my friends. He almost killed me. And now he's back.
Will: But why is he after us?
Taryn: Yeah, what did we do?
Nancy: It's not you. It's your parents, my parents. They burned him alive, and now we're paying for their sins. You are the last of the Elm Street children.
Will: Mom and Dad? That's crazy, they never mentioned anything like that.
Taryn: [sarcastically] Oh, yeah, that's just the kind of thing your parents want to let you know. "Good night darling. Say your prayers. Oh, by the way, your dad and I just torched some maniac last night."

Nancy: It's now or never. I'm not gonna kid you, this is as dangerous as it gets. If you die in this dream it's for real. Nobody has to go in that doesn't want to.
Will: I'm in.
Taryn: Me, too.
Roland: Let's go kick the motherfucker's ass all over dreamland.

Will: [in his dream] In the name of Lowrek, Prince of Elves, demon begone!
[Will zaps at Krueger with magical beams while running toward him]
Freddy: Aah!
[Freddy grabs Will, stopping the zapping]
Freddy: Sorry, kid. I don't believe in fairy tales. [stabs Will in the heart]

Nancy: He's strong; he's never been this strong.
Freddy: Yes. The souls of the children give me strength. [rips sweater, revealing faces in chest.]
Nancy: Oh, God.
Freddy: Always room for more.

Donald Thompson: It's really you.
[Freddy's skeleton snarls at him with recognition and hate]
Donald Thompson: I've killed you once before, you son of a bitch!


  • Freddy's just around the corner...
  • If you think you'll get out alive, you must be dreaming.
  • If You Think You're Ready For Freddy, Think Again!



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A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise
  Films     A Nightmare on Elm Street  (1984) · Freddy's Revenge  (1985) · Dream Warriors  (1987) · The Dream Master  (1988) · The Dream Child  (1989) · Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare  
  (1991) · Wes Craven's New Nightmare  (1994) · Freddy vs. Jason  (2003) · A Nightmare on Elm Street  (2010)  
  Television     Freddy's Nightmares  (1988–1990)  
  Comics     Freddy Krueger's A Nightmare on Elm Street  (1989) · Nightmares on Elm Street  (1991–1992) · Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare  (1991) · A Nightmare on Elm Street: The
 (1992) · A Nightmare On Elm Street Special  (2005) · A Nightmare On Elm Street: Paranoid  (2005–2006) · Fearbook  (2006) · A Nightmare on Elm Street  (2006–2007) ·
  New Line Cinema's Tales of Horrors  (2007) · Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash  (2007–2008) · Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors  (2009)  
  Documentaries     Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy  (2010) · I Am Nancy  (2011)  
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