One of the regular features here on Horror Squad is Brian Salisbury's Terror Tuesday Report. Every Tuesday night at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, programmer Zach Carlson hosts Terror Tuesday, a weekly event sponsored by Vulcan Video designed to bring to you the best in 70s and 80s horror cinema. Brian, being the crazed horror fanatic that he is, attends every Tuesday and presents to you fine folks a recap of the night's events and an informal review of the film.

Since I don't live in Austin (I'm not a big supporter of heat), I'm convinced he does this solely to rub in my face the fact that they have the greatest movie scene in the country. When I first moved to Denver I was jealous, but as time passed, I realized our film scene, although a tad bit smaller, doesn't pull any punches. Several months back I profiled The Watching Hour, a weekly film series hosted by the Denver Film Society and programmer Keith Garcia that serves as a sort of rough equivalent to Terror Tuesday. While horror is the norm at The Watching Hour, Keith strives to bring the Mile High City the best in genre cinema. Past screenings include Stingray Sam, with a special appearance by Cory McAbee, Pontypool (one of my favorite flicks of last year), and Foxy Brown.

Recently, Keith and fellow programmer Karla Rodriguez introduced pre-parties thematically linked to the film in question. This month, with the month of June bringing us A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and a Dokken-filled extravaganza. With a Bollywood ripoff of A Nightmare on Elm Street playing on the big screen and nightmare-themed tunes filling the air, guests were treated to free pizza and, perhaps most important, free Stella Artois.On hand to take pictures of the event were the lovely duo Sigri Strand and Carly Rose Iglehart, who make up Paper Moon Photography. em>
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors holds a special place in my heart: it was one of the first films to genuinely frighten me. I first saw it when I was around eight years old, and I can still remember being afraid that Freddy would use my veins to manipulate me like a marionette. As such, I can think of no better way than to reintroduce to me the twisted puppeteer that is Freddy Krueger than copious amounts of booze and an audience comprised heavily of people who have never seen the film. The screening kicked off with not only trailers to NOES 4-7, but the full music video for Dokken's "The Dream Warriors." The crowd went crazy, and with good reason - the video is utterly hilarious.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 was chosen primarily for the widespread belief that it's the best in the series after the original. The film focuses primarily on Kristen Parker, whose dream of Freddy at the beginning of the film resulted in the accidental slashing of her wrist, which prompts her mother to place in the psychiatric hospital Westin Hills. Here we're reintroduced to Nancy from the first film, who has become a staff member specializing in dreams. After she catches Kristen chanting the Freddy rhyme in between sobs, she realizes Freddy isn't dead like she previously thought. Snarky one-liners and the terrifying sexual awakening of the mute patient Joey ensue.

While the original Nightmare remains my favorite of the series (it's more dark and disturbing, I think, than people realize), you really can't beat the appeal of a wise-cracking Freddy. Although I appreciate the darker Freddy who is more inclined to stay in the shadows, seeing his figure pop out of a television set and shout "Welcome to Prime Time, bitch!" before slamming a poor patient's head into it is utterly hilarious. Beyond this, the deaths in NOES3 run the gamut from wholly creative - he uses one patient as a puppet, ripping his veins out of his skin and forcing him to jump out a window at the top of the building - to wonderfully simplistic, killing punk rocker Taryn with an overdose of drugs.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 is a sort of way station between the sinister and dark Freddy of the first film and his reemergence with Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Although there is a heavy focus on his humor, the sinister aspects of Freddy remain, revealing his ability to do more than simply lurk in the shadows of your nightmares.

A smattering of the photos from the event can be seen below. See if you can guess who I am. The rest of the photos can be found here.

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