Usually by the time the third installment of a series rolls around the quality of the franchise is in steep decline. The punch of the original idea has run dry, drive has turned to greed and the property is no longer being shepherded by people who really care about it.
But that’s not always the case! Sometimes the third film in an ongoing horror endeavor can equal or exceed the first! Usually this happens after a lackluster Part 2 forces people to either hustle creatively or abandon the cash cow permanently, but it’s always a nice surprise.
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Released in theaters February 27, 1987, Chuck Russell’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors arrived on home video later that year to great hype. The first two had sold over 300k units (at the time the VHS copies were $100 and up), and home video distributor Media Home Entertainment was ready to give the franchise a major push.
I believe this may have been hiding on the original A Nightmare on Elm Street DVD box set as an extra feature (the bonus disc was a maze and it took hours to find everything), but Mr. Barkan brought it to my attention that it was now online. What we’ve posted below is Media Home Entertainment’s video rental promo that features Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger telling retailers why they must score some A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors units. It’s super hokey and cheesy, but it’s really cool to see what it was like back in the 80′s when distributors were trying to convince the almighty Blockbusters of the world to take their product.
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A film lives many lives before it ever hits the screen. A script is usually revised multiple times (sometimes dozens) before a single foot of film is exposed (or the digital equivalent thereof). I’m not just talking about smaller stuff like dialogue polishes and the addition or deletion of scenes. Many times the core story is reworked in profound ways. Sometimes it’s downright shocking how different the final film can be from the initial drafts.
In this new (semi-regular) feature for Bloody-Disgusting, I’m going to take a look at some early drafts of scripts for horror films that you may have already seen and discuss the differences, whether they took a turn for the worse, better or just different. There are also a handful of scripts for sequels and remakes that never happened that are worth checking out – just to see what might have been.
These aren’t script reviews, and only rarely will I be breaking the stories down on a beat-by-beat basis. I’m just going to point out some cool, interesting and/or disastrous choices that happened along the way. Each installment will be different, and each installment will be fun. I’ll also be including sample pages (when available)* so you don’t have to take my word for it!
*This applies only to older and previously released films that are already part of the culture. We’re not in the business of leaking or sabotaging projects in development.
My first installment was a look at Joe Dante’s Gremlins, written by Chris Columbus. Next, I took a crack at Zombieland written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Today – in the longest installment by far – we’re gonna dive into an early draft of A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. READ MORE