On Second Thought: The Freddy Krueger Skeleton Scene From ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’ (1987)

I think it’s safe to say that everyone who was submitted to A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, left with a really bad indescribable taste in their mouths.  Luckily, that taste was mostly taken away when the second sequel, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, came out in 1987.  Sure, this was the beginning of what would become wisecracking Freddy, but the story was interesting (thanks in part to Frank Darabont) and it even sported an 80’s hair metal theme song from Dokken.  However, it also sported the scene where we were introduced to Freddy’s bones in a junkyard.

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Now, I can be forgiving of this scene to a certain degree.  CGI hadn’t made it’s impact yet, so the FX team had to make due with the resources that it had. But, did they have to take a step backwards and give us something straight out of the 1981 version of Clash Of The Titans?  Seriously – I kept waiting for Pegasus to swoop down and save the day.  To make matters worse, we get some pretty terrible overacting and fighting techniques from Dr. Neil Gordon. Why go by my interpretation though?  Check it out for yourself for the first time or relive it in the clip below:

Ahhh.  Yeah, the dubbing is off on that.  And the quality kind of sucks.  But trust me, you don’t want to see that clip in HD.  It’s a small bone to pick with an otherwise solid sequel, but a bone that needs to be picked nonetheless.  Is it wrong that I actually cheered for Skeleton Freddy when he knocked Dr. Gordon on his ass with the shovel and proceeded to bury him?  Too bad about John Saxon however.  I’m sure he’s glad he went out the way he did though: Fighting an extremely subpar-looking Freddy Krueger skeleton in a junkyard.

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2 thoughts on “On Second Thought: The Freddy Krueger Skeleton Scene From ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’ (1987)

    • I agree! It tied into the movie well and it didn’t look half as bad as the yokel writing this article says that it did. The movie is from 1987 and I can name many-a-film from ’87 and later that have much, much worse special effects.

      Besides, the snake-freddy was amazing, and the TV murder was a great mixture of horror and comedy, and the puppeteer murder was original and frightening as a kid.

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