“Welcome to prime time, bitch!” Not words I’d use in front of my mother, but they are iconic just the same. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Ralph Miller – as they enter another Wes Craven nightmare, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). Expect a lot of FX talk with Ralph in the house!
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 224 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
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A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.
[NOTE: Effects crew credits are listed as they appear in the film credits.]
- Director: Chuck Russell
- Writers: Wes Craven (story) (screenplay) (characters); Bruce Wagner (story) (screenplay); Frank Darabont (screenplay); Chuck Russell (screenplay)
- Music: Angelo Badalamenti
- Storyboard Artist / Visual Consultant: Peter von Sholly
- Stop-Motion Skeleton and Marionette Effects: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
- Makeup effects Sequences: Greg Cannom
- Krueger Makeup effects: Kevin Yagher
- Makeup Effects Sequences: Mark Shostrom
- Additional Makeup Effects: Matthew W. Mungle (as Mathew Mungel)
- Assistant to Mathew Mungel: Russell Seifert
- Mechanical Effects: Image Engineering
- Special Effects Coordinator: Peter Chesney
- Lead Technician: Lenny Dalrymple
- Mechanical Designers: Bruce D. Hayes (as Bruce Hayes), Joe Starr, Anton Tremblay (as Tony Tremblay)
- Effects Technicians: Bernardo F. Munoz (as Bernard Munoz), Rod Schumacher, Bob Ahmanson
- Effects Crew: Scott Nesselrode, Tom Chesney, Kelly Mann, Phillip Hartmann (as Phillip Hartman), Ralph Miller III (as Ralph Miller), Joel Fletcher, Brian Mcfadden, Sandra Stewart (as Sandy Stewart), Terry Mack (as Troy Mack), Blaine Converse, Ron MacInnes, Brendan C. Quigley
- Selected Cast:
- Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson
- Craig Wasson as Dr. Neil Gordon
- Patricia Arquette as Kristen Parker
- Ken Sagoes as Roland Kincaid
- Ira Heiden as Will Stanton
- Rodney Eastman as Joey Crusel
- Jennifer Rubin as Taryn White
- Penelope Sudrow as Jennifer Caulfield
- Bradley Gregg as Phillip Anderson
- Laurence Fishburne as Max Daniels (credited as Larry Fishburne)
- John Saxon as Donald Thompson
- Priscilla Pointer as Dr. Elizabeth Simms
- Clayton Landey as Lorenzo
- Brooke Bundy as Elaine Parker
- Nan Martin as Sister Mary Helena
- Stacey Alden as Nurse Marcie
- Dick Cavett as Himself
- Zsa Zsa Gabor as Herself
- Paul Kent as Dr. Carver
Guest host Ralph Miller III, who worked behind the scenes on Dream Warriors provides insights and many effects development photos that are shown in the YouTube version of the podcast. Post-recording, the crew wants to clarify that Kevin Yagher was responsible for the Freddy Snake, and Mark Shostrom was in charge of the Penelope Sudrow dummy that smashes into the Freddyvision TV.
With the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), following the critical failure of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), New line Cinema firmly cemented Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street as one of the most iconic horror franchises of its time. Not only does Dream Warriors feature Robert Englund continuing to breathe both humor and fear into Freddy Krueger but also the return of both Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon from the original. The film also features Craig Wasson (Ghost Story) as the male lead and early film roles for Patricia Arquette and Larry Fishburne. Frank Darabont (The Mist) and Bruce Wagner join Wes Craven on scripting chores and Chuck Russell (The Blob, The Mask) directs while Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet) provides the score – a winning combination of talent. Surely a Grue-Crew highly recommended selection with special effects by Greg Cannom, Doug Beswick, Mark Shostrom, Kevin Yagher, and more!
Be sure to check out the first time the 80s Grue-Crew took a dive into this film in February 2017, featuring Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Thomas Mariani as the Grue-Crew. You can find it here: A NIGHTMARE ON ELMS STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987) — Episode 102
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff, will be The Changeling (1980), starring George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, . . . and a bouncing, red, rubber ball.
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