Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund recalls the harsh working conditions Dokken faced while filming the music video for Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund recalls the grueling music video shoot Dokken had to endure during A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The third Nightmare on Elm Street The film was released in 1987 and is often considered a fan favorite of the franchise. The film is notable today for the introduction of a young Patricia Arquette and also for the return of Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy Thompson in the first Nightmare on Elm Street.
Casting, clever kills, and intriguing storyline aside, dream warriors is also affectionately known for its catchy Dokken theme song. The clip showed the band in Freddy’s boiler room dungeon, putting together clips of Arquette with the musicians. While Arquette didn’t return to film new scenes, Englund did, with the music video showing Freddy waking up from his nightmare where the band beat him up. The music video was a fun part of the marketing campaign, but the band may not have spent as much time filming it as possible.
Gibson Television recently had the opportunity to sit down with Englund and Don Dokken and talk with them about their time on Dream warriors. Dokken commented on how he prefers dream warriors on the first two films and that the band’s career really took off after the film’s release. The couple also commented on the music video’s working conditions, and it appears they weren’t ideal. Read Englund and Dokken’s comments below:
England: When I think back to Don, that day we were deep in the San Fernando Valley. Santa Clarita, in an industrial building converted then transformed into a sound stage, and I was able to go in and out. I have to go in and out and they thought of new things to do with me and I go back to the green room and have a beer you know. These guys were on this cold concrete for 12 hours and I remember, Don just repeated it here backstage, but I remember you had leg cramps.
Dokken: Yes, we have cramps. I go, ‘can I have a chair?’ Yeah, I’m young, I’m like, ‘I just need to sit down for a minute’ because we’re all wearing like cowboy boots.
England: And it was cold concrete!
Dokken: Freeze our, and it was cold! And remember they had no food for us. I mean, they’re like we’re in the middle of nowhere and they brought pizza, it’s cold. We took a break, Robert came over and sat down and he took, I remember you had eaten a piece of pizza and part of your prosthesis started to come off and I was like ‘Uh Robert, your face is falling.’ He was trying to eat carefully and he says I am not because it happened.
England: Olive oil destroys the glue.
Dokken seemed to be struggling to film the music video, and the cast and crew of the film itself had previously commented on how grueling the working conditions and production schedule were. Nightmare on Elm Street continued. Due to Chuck Russell’s inexperience as a director and the number of special effects sequences, tension on set was often high as the actors grew tired of the intense filming. Despite uncomfortable working conditions, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was a box office success and became one of the highest rated films in the horror franchise.
By part 3 of Nightmare on Elm Street series, Freddy Krueger was an integral part of pop culture. Dokken was also beginning to gain popularity, opening for bands like Aerosmith and AC/DC. If one of these larger groups had been hired to do the dream warriors music video, it is quite possible that the working conditions would have been better. Anyway, just like the movie, the song “Dream Warriors” became a hit for Dokken, with fans constantly asking to play it in the decades since the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
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Source: Gibson Television
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