There are folks who believe that the best film to feature Robert Englund’s deranged nightmare-stalker Freddy Krueger is not Wes Craven’s original 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street but 1987’s Craven-cowritten, Chuck Russell-directed A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. We’re not going to say they’re right — but we’re not going to say they’re wrong either.
Regardless, if that is your opinion, then you should definitely make your way down to Philadelphia for the weekend of June 1-4 where the Wizard World Horror Fest is marking the film’s 30th anniversary with a screening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which will feature a live commentary from star Heather Langenkamp.
The actress will also be participating in a Q&A which will then be followed by an acoustic performance by singer Don Dokken, whose band Dokken was responsible for the Elm Street 3 soundtrack song, “Dream Warriors.” The Horror Fest is also hosting screenings of 1992’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with special guest Kristy Swanson, and Fred Dekker’s classic 1987 horror-comedy The Monster Squad, which will be attended by stars Andre Gower and Ryan Lambert. The lineup of new big screen terror tales, meanwhile, includes the Tribeca-screened Super Dark Times and director Steven De Gennaro’s terrifying genre-satire, Found Footage 3D.
The event in Philadelphia is the inaugural Wizard World Horror Fest, a collaboration between Wizard World, Inc. and the Bloody-Disgusting website which will tour select cities in conjunction with Wizard World Comic Cons. The tour is programmed by Bloody-Disgusting founder Brad Miska and Josh Goldbloom, one of the organizers behind Chicago’s Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival. “The launch of the Wizard World Horror Fest signals a new destination for fans of the genre at many of our Wizard World shows,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President and CEO, in a statement. “They will have the opportunity to celebrate the great history of horror by meeting some of the all-time greats and viewing classic films, while keeping up with the latest developments and experiencing the fabulous, creative work that is a hallmark of this vibrant entertainment form.”
Weekend passes for the Horror Fest can be purchased at the official Wizard World website. Individual tickets for the A Nightmare on Elm Street Dream Warriors 30th Anniversary Celebration go on sale at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday.