On Monday August 13, 2012, the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood presented a screening of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” in honor of its 25th anniversary. This event was put together by Mad Monster, a monthly genre print magazine made by and for the modern monster fan, and they ended up putting together quite a show. There several giveaways of signed posters and tickets to horror conventions, a costume contest which had the audience cheering loudly for those best dressed, a musician doing an acoustic version of the Dokken theme song “Dream Warriors,” and it culminated with the appearance of the sequel’s co-stars Rodney Eastman and Jennifer Rubin.
Eastman played Joey Peterson, the mute patient who refuses to speak or sleep after experiencing horrific nightmares. Rubin portrayed Taryn White, a former drug addict who also suffers from nightmares and is harassed by male orderlies.
Both actors were asked if they were aware of the other “Nightmare” movies before they were cast in this one.
“I was 19, and I came of age during the era of the original slasher movies,” Eastman said. “I had almost given up on acting, and this audition came to me out of the blue. I was excited to be a part of it, but it still felt like just another low budget horror movie. It was not an iconic movie then like it is now.”
As for Rubin, she stated the following:
“I knew of the other 2 Nightmare movies,” Rubin said. “But I did not see either of them before I auditioned for this one.”
Eastman and Rubin were then asked is anything happened during filming; like if any actors fell in love with one another or some other gossipy stuff. Both Eastman and Rubin had the same answer to that question:
When this sequel was released, it lifted the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise out of cult film status and into mainstream commercial success. Eastman and Rubin were asked if they were surprised by this sequel’s success.
“I had done the ‘Never Sleep Again’ documentary (released back in 2010), and after that people were jumping out at me from the bushes,” Rubin said. “I had no idea it was for this film (‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3’)”
“I was blissfully unaware of the world around me back then,” Eastman said. “It’s only in retrospect that I see the impact it has had. I wasn’t stopped in the streets and no one jumped out at me back then.”
Eastman got to reprise his role of Joey in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master,” and he was asked by an audience member which he preferred more; being in “Part 3,” or getting killed in his water bed in “Part 4.” Eastman made his answer crystal clear:
“I prefer ‘Nightmare 3’ over the water bed death scene. Plus, Patricia Arquette was the hottest girl in that movie.”
When he remembered that Rubin was standing right next to him, Eastman then said:
“I mean Arquette was the sexiest actress on set next to Jennifer (Rubin) here.”
Of course by then, the audience agreed that it was a little late for Eastman to find forgiveness.
One audience member asked the two actors if they ever got to meet the members of Dokken. Eastman replied that he unfortunately “didn’t have the pleasure” of meeting them, but Rubin ended up telling a funny regarding that 80s heavy metal band:
“Their mail ended up coming to a house that I was housesitting at the time,” Rubin said. “So I took the mail to their house, and it turns out there was nobody home.”
When asked what it was like working with Robert Englund, the actor who gave life to Freddy Krueger, Eastman said it was “pretty incredible” and went on to describe him as one of the “smartest, most entertaining and brilliant conversationalists” he has ever met. He also added that Englund was a “wild man back then.”
Rubin agreed with what Eastman said about Englund, and she also had this to say about another important in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise:
“Wes (Craven) was weird!”
All in all, this was an endlessly entertaining evening for fans of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.” Granted, the screening of the movie elicited many laughs that were not present when it came out in 1987, and it’s safe to say that certain parts of it have not aged very well. But none of that mattered because everyone came to have a great time at the movies, and that’s what they got.
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