Dream Warriors [raymix], The

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Brief Synopsis:
My goal here was mostly just to tighten up the editing & remove filler.
The altered ending of NoES [raymix] helps bridge the story together.
This project aims to bring stronger continuity, tighter editing & improved pacing to 6 of the films in the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series.
Other Sources:
-A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Warner Bros. Bluray, 2012)
-A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (Warner Bros. Bluray, 2012)
-Friday the 13th (Scream Factory bluray, 2020)
Additional Audio-
-A Nightmare on Elm Street Score (Varèse Sarabande Records Remaster, 2015)
-A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Score (Varèse Sarabande Records Remaster, 2015)
-A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Score (Varèse Sarabande Records Remaster, 2015)
-A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Score (Sony Classical Records, 2010)
-I Wanna Live by the Ramones (from the album Halfway to Sanity, 1987)
-Therapist by Vigil (from the soundtrack to The Dream Master, 1988)
-Sound Effects (freesound.org & youtube.com)
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Editing Details:
I tried to stay true to Terry Stokes & Chuck Weiss' editing style from the original film. I didn't want anything to seem changed or altered at all.
This mostly meant sharp, quick cutting & trying to keep the energy high.
Cuts and Additions:
Opening Titles-
-added the Fanedit.org logo.
-added my fanedit production logo.
-added music over New Line production logo & director credit. (Prologue)
-new "A Chuck Russell Film" credit.
-recreated the Edgar Allen Poe quote in the font used for the rest of the [raymix] text.
Title Sequence-
-new title logo.
-new title. (simply, The Dream Warriors)
-added sound effects to new title sequence.
-new music during the title sequence. (Basement Chase [raymix] )
-added a white flash transition from the title sequence to Kristen in her room.
Kristen in Her Room-
-removed all opening credits by cutting & cropping shots.
-changed the music coming from Kristen's radio to I Wanna Live by the Ramones.
-color corrected the shot of Kristen scooping coffee so the coffee isn't grey.
-changed the music after Kristen goes to bed to the track Pt. 3 Opening.
Kristen's Dream-
-cut Kristen holding a razor blade when her mom finds her in the bathroom.
At Westin Hills-
-added "Tuesday, June 7th 1988" text to the shot of the orderly walking down the hall.
Nancy at Kristen's House-
-changed the music when Nancy goes to Kristen's room to the track Prologue.
-longer shot of the model Elm Street house Kristen has made.
-longer shot of Nancy staring at the Elm Street house model.
Kristen's Nightmare-
-shortened the shot panning around Kristen as she looks at the pig on the table.
-different sound effect as Nancy falls through the chair into Kristen's dream.
Philip's Demise-
-cut Kincaid deciding not to help Philip when he sees him sleepwalking.
At the Funeral-
-cut the Nun calling Neil's faith in science a "sad choice."
-cut the Nun saying "It is an abomination to man & god."
Dinner at Nancy's House-
-cut Nancy telling Neil "You're doing the best you can."
Group Session-
-cut Nancy saying "You are the last of the Elm Street children."
-cut Nancy asking Kristen "How about it? Will you try?"
-cut Neil beginning to doubt Nancy as she explains the dreams to the kids.
Group Dream-
-the scene with Joey & the nurse continues longer before cutting back to the group.
-new music as the nurse talks to Joey. (Alice at the Mirror)
-recreated all sound effects during the nurse make-out scene. (footsteps, zipper, clothes, bed)
-cut the nurse asking "do you like my body?"
-new music resumes when we cut back to the nurse & Joey making out. (Alice at the Mirror)
-cut the spinning shot of Joey tied to his bed shorter.
Neil & the Nun in the Tower-
-cut the Nun telling Neil the story of Amanda Kruger being raped.
Neil & Mr. Thompson Go Find Freddy's Remains-
-cut the priest catching Neil taking the crucifix.
Kristen's Dream-
-added a fade-from-white into Kristen's dream instead of a hard cut from white.
-changed the music coming from Kristen's radio to I Wanna Live by the Ramones.
-cut Kristen hugging her mom.
-added a fade-to-white from Kristen in the Elm Street house instead of a hard cut to white.
-new sound effect to match the new longer transition.
Taryn's Demise-
-augmented the music during Taryn's dream with Therapist by Vigil.
-added a fade to white after Taryn's death instead of a hard cut to white.
-added a sound effect as the screen fades to white.
-white-out transition lasts longer.
Will's Demise-
-the fade-in to Will lasts longer.
-added a sound effect as the screen fades to Will.
-augmented the music cue when Will is killed with the track Pt.1 Main Theme.
Group Dream-
-the new music continues until Kincaid crashes through the wall to find Nancy & Kristen.
Neil & Mr. Thompson in the Junkyard-
-added new sound effects as Mr. Thompson's car is smashed.
-cut a shot of Mr. Thompson going through the air after Freddy's skeleton throws him.
-cut Freddy's skeleton making a victory sound.
-Freddy's skeleton doesn't celebrate; only throws it's arms in the air & crumbles.
-added the sound of bones crumbling when the skeleton falls.
Back in the Dream-
-Joey's scream gains amplitude during it's duration.
-cut Joey saying "Did I say that?"
-cut Nancy saying "It's over!"
-cut the shot of Mr. Thompson materializing.
Neil Buries Freddy's Bones-
-cut Neil saying "Please, God."
-cut Neil saying "Ashes to ashes."
Nancy's Demise-
-cut Kristen saying "I'm going to dream you into a beautiful dream."
-color corrected the shot of Kristen holding Nancy to match the surrounding shots.
Nancy's Funeral/End Scene-
-cut the priest's sermon.
-smoothed the music transition from the outside shot of Neil's house to inside.
End Credits-
-new end credits music. (BasementChase/RumbleRoom/Opening/SkeletonFight/Mirrors/Pt1Title [raymix] )
-added shots of the burning boiler room from NoES 2: Freddy's Revenge to post-credits.
-added the "Freddy's Coming for You" rhyme to the boiler room fire.
-added my production logo to the end.
-added music over my production logo. (Prologue)

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My personal favourite of the "Craven Trilogy" (I/III/VII) and Ray Danger has managed to push it even further in my regard. Nothing huge but the experience is palpably more enjoyable now, with the cheese factor lowered to allow more of the great ensemble case to shine through and the dread caused by Freddy's attacks to feel even more pointed and menacing. Tasteful editing choices throughout. I can't recall if I found Nancy and her supervisor's relationship as abrupt and disjointed on my last watch through of the original version, but I'm going to put that on Craven and co. rather than this editor as I don't see anything regarding them specifically in their change notes).

Definitely a shelf-replacer for me; looking forward to many more Octobers of watching this version of Dream Warriors, the first and maybe only movie whose *poster* that gave me nightmares as a kid.
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Just wow! I always felt this was the best of the original set of sequels, but still that it had moments of cheese. This edit really does improve not just that, but the pacing. I was only going to watch these 2, but this was so good that I have to see how Ray Danger finishes the trilogy he planed out for this.

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