The increaingly cynical formula employed here is undeniable but this is a pacy and, at times, inventive derivation on a known theme. There’s little justification for anything apart from box office returns but it has a darkly tawdry charm perhaps more to do with a kind of VHS, pre-CGI nostalgia than the gimcrack mechanics of the vehicle.
This is one of the better entries in this franchise and is almost on par with the first one. The cast works well together here and the special effects are on point and it helps that this is a very thrilling film too that offers even more inventive kills and of course Freddy's snarky one liners.
Entertaining 80´s cheese flick and the best ANOES sequel in my opinion. The casting is quite good although the acting is pretty unconvincing in parts exept for Wasson and Fishburne who put in decent efforts. The score is kinda good and the FX are stellar for its´ time.
Wes Craven returns to the "Nightmare" fold and introduces a truly depraved origin story for Freddy, as well as a strong religious bent that may or may not work. Director Chuck Russel delivers a stylish-looking film, with topnotch Eighties practical effects, but the film never pushes the "Dream Warriors" concept far enough and, like most slasher movie series, this starts to feel like a case of diminishing returns.
As far as endless horror movie sequels go, this is easily among the best, with an original story, likable cast, and some inventive set pieces and special effects. Maybe not anything extraordinary, but great entertainment for horror fans and a worthy follow up to the first film.
While not the outright scariest film of the series, "Dream Warriors" has all the other elements that I feel make "Elm Street" one of the best horror franchises ever (if not, THE best). It has a fully realized story, creative art direction and dream sequences, and three-dimensional protagonists that (despite Freddy being such a compelling and charismatic villain) you feel for when evil things happen.