Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (with rarities)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors screens at the Toronto Underground Cinema on Friday, August 26th with ROBERT ENGLUND in attendance for a post film Q&A. Doors at 7pm, film starts at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Silver Snail, Suspect Video, Eyesore Cinema, Queen Video (Queen St. location only), and the Underground box office during normal business hours.

I adore A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Although, I have previously gushed about the original film being one of my favourite films of all time, Dream Warriors is a movie that holds the same place in my heart.

Working from a story written in part by series creator Wes Craven, the actual script was written by Dream Warriors director Chuck Russell (who would go on to make The Mask and Eraser) and Frank Darabont (who would go on to become one of Hollywood’s most sought after talents with films like The Shawshank Redemptionand The Mist). The film also assembles a top notch cast of actors from new faces Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne (here credited as Larry) and returning cast members Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon.

Set in an asylum for troubled youths, Nightmare 3 focuses on a group of teenagers being haunted by Freddy on a nightly basis. Nancy Thompson (Langenkamp) returns to Springwood as a psychologist determined to help the children through dream suppressing medication and group therapy. When her efforts seemingly fail and are deemed unethical by hospital administration, it is up to Nancy and the kids to band together to defeat the evil once and for all.

I don’t really want to go into a huge history lesson on this one. Instead, I want to share some videos and blogs I have come across in the past that fans of the series might find interesting and that might make more casual fans take notice of how hard the film was to make.

I guess the best place to start would be all this behind the scenes footage that was shot from the set. This is unedited and raw effects work that you can’t find on any DVD box set of the series.

Dream Warriors also marked the first time New Line Cinema had the budget to mass market one of their films. Included in this marketing onslaught were a series of bumpers filmed for MTV to herald the arrival of the latest Freddy film. These bumpers can be found on the bonus disc of the now out of print Nightmare on Elm Street box set.

Located in an unassuming condo building at Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. The Toronto Underground Cinema is truly one of the city’s last undiscovered gems.

Opened in 1977 the theatre, known as the Golden Classics was one of many Chinese movie houses on the Spadina strip. Specializing in Kung-Fu film, specifically those from the Golden Harvest production studio. The Golden Classics ran from the late ‘70s to the early ‘90s until it was no longer able to keep its doors open. The theatre was revived briefly from 94 to 95 where it continued its legacy of Kung-Fu programming as well as Anime and other Hong Kong titles. Its rebirth was unfortunately short lived, lasting only nine months.

Languishing for nearly 15 years the theatre changed hands as well as names. Opened in May 2009 under the new moniker “The Acacia Centre for the Performing Arts” the theatre broadened its horizons by hosting a number of festivals, including Images, showing films by the likes of Bjork and about Joy Division. However, the cinema wasn’t living up to its full potential until three friends got together with a vision.

Nigel Agnew and Alex Woodside, former managers and personalities from the Venerable Bloor Cinema teamed up with Charlie Lawton, a small town filmmaker with a big heart and even bigger ambition. Approaching the owner with the dream of building from the seats up, a fully functioning “new” repertory cinema and re-branding it The Toronto Underground. Specializing in genre classics, B movie greats, indie art house and the pick of the best current Hollywood flicks, the Underground looks to be the next stop for Cinema the way it was meant to be, away from the glitz and glam of the multiplex.