6. A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette, Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Gregg, Rodney Eastman, Jennifer Rubin
Prior to developing The Walking Dead’s hugely successful first season, Frank Darabont was widely respected as the director of the dramatic Stephen King adaptations The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. The praise was well-deserved, of course, but horror lovers knew Darabont for his two other, less-heralded accomplishments: co-writing one of the horror’s best remakes (1988’s The Blob) and Freddy Krueger’s most imaginative flick (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) with Chuck Russell.
Also directed by Russell, Dream Warriors ups the stakes in both narrative and imagery, pitting Krueger (Robert Englund, naturally) against a group of young mental patients under the care of the original Elm Street hero, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp). In their dreams, the kids are able to fight back against Fred with special powers, but that doesn’t stop Sir Krueger from graphically offing the dreamers in wonderfully inventive and hideous ways.
The most celebrated death scene: when Freddy’s arms poke out of the TV set and ram the blonde girl’s head into the screen. Our personal favorite, however, has to be the human marionette Krueger makes out of a male victim, cutting the tendons in his wrists and feet and walking him around like a grotesque puppet. It doesn’t get much better than that, sickos.