Monday, October 15, 2018

We Saw Elm Street and Man it was Def

The ‘Dream Warriors’ song by Dokken was featured heavily in the promotion for Nightmare on Elm Street part 3: Dream Warriors (1987). I don’t like hair metal, I never have. Kind of a problem, since the stuff was everywhere in the late 1980s and it was closely tied to much of the imagery and sound of horror films from that same period. ‘Dream Warriors’ is probably the most well-known song to come from series, but I have a couple favorites of my own. Two official and one not so much.

Nightmare by 213
This song plays over the end credits of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). It’s a catchy tune with a little synthesizer and it captures themes of the first film without descending into camp. For some unknown reason, this song doesn’t make it on any soundtrack collections.

Did You Ever See a Dream Walking by Bing Crosby
The perfect way to end the kookiest entry in the series is with an equally kooky song. Once you listen to it though, especially after having seen the film, it makes a lot of sense. The choice is both a little silly and a little haunting.

A Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
The Nightmare on Elm Street movies never shied away from rap. The Fat Boys gave us the first official tie-in with 'Are You Ready for Freddy?', but it pales next to this unofficial song (which of course had to be pulled for copyright violations making it even cooler)

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