30 years ago, the history of horror cinema changed forever when Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors premiered in theaters, leaving an impact on American culture as no other film – save for Citizen Kane, perhaps – ever had before.
OK, not really.
But it's true that Freddy Krueger's third adventure came out in 1987. And a Twin Cities group dedicated to cult films is marking the anniversary by showing the movie – and a bunch of other Elm Street stuff – at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis.
Because, well, why not?
About the movie
Nightmare 3 brings back the heroine from the first film, Nancy (played by Heather Langenkamp), and follows a bunch of troubled teens in a psych ward as they learn to control their dreams – and fight back against Freddy.
It basically ignores part two (which was a critical disaster), and is significant because its success made Freddy Krueger into a bonafide box office franchise alongside other slashers like Friday the 13th and Halloween.
About the Parkway Theater show
The screening begins at 7 p.m. at the Parkway on Saturday, Sept. 2, and includes not just Nightmare 3, but also the original Nightmare on Elm Street, and a healthy dose of bonus features.
According to a news release from the Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society (the group putting on the show), the extras include "strange and rare clips" of Freddy tie-in advertising, such as toy commercials and music videos from the '80s.
As the organizers wryly point out, yes, "America's favorite child murderer was selling everything from 900 numbers to children's toys in a mass marketing blitz."
Indeed, it was a different time. Here's a taste of some of the delightfully weird stuff they're talking about:
A special guest speaker
The best part? The screening will also include a visit from Freddy Krueger himself.
Sort of. The news release says a Freddy impersonator, who's been "approved by Actor Robert Englund" – will be "on hand for frights and delights."
Tickets are $14. You can buy them at the door, or in advance at vitalculture.com.