Rating: *** out of 4
“Ain’t gonna dream no more, no more. Ain’t gonna dream no more. All night long I sing this song. Ain’t gonna dream no more.” – Roland Kincaid.
Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Patricia Arquette, Larry Fishburne, Priscilla Pointer, and Craig Wasson.
Story: Wes Craven & Bruce Wagner
Writer: Wes Craven & Bruce Wagner and Chuck Russell & Frank Darabont
Director: Chuck Russell
Sometime during or after the making of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven had a falling out with Robert Shaye and New Line Cinema. During their separation, Shaye and New Line moved forward with a supremely lackluster sequel that disappointed critics and audiences alike. Shaye reached out to Craven to do the third film and maybe reignite the franchise, but he was too busy with Deadly Friend and preproduction on his ill-fated vision of Beetlejuice. Craven did offer to write the screenplay, however, with writing partner Bruce Wagner. On the film’s making of featurette “Onward Christian Soldiers,” Craven dissected how he went into the third Nightmare:
“I said, ‘OK, if we’re gonna do a sequel, how do you make it worth while? How do you make it, you know, worth doing?’ What you have to do is you have to take, somehow, it to the next level. That is the only real justification for doing a sequel. You have to somehow take something and say; ‘Ok, that was the foundation, now what is the next story?’ So, since the first one was about a character who sort of fought everything alone, I said; ‘What is the truth of the way it works in the human community?’ I mean, if somebody has a great idea and fights alone, that is one thing, but there are also many people that have visions together—that are still kind of fighting alone in a small group, but they still have a cohesion and a power that is greater than their individual parts. So, I thought up the idea for Dream Warriors, you know, where kids would have the ability to join with other kids. I thought, also, that would be a very hopeful symbol for kids watching.”