A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a 1987 American slasher film directed by Chuck Russell. It is the third installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was written by original creator Wes Craven and stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson, and Patricia Arquette in her debut role. The plot focuses on Freddy Krueger seeking to murder the last children of the parents that burned him. The kids are imprisoned at a mental hospital. Freddy does not know that Nancy Thompson is training the patients to control their dream powers in order to fight back against the undead killer. The film was followed by another sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, a year later.