Numerous critics praised the film's ability to rupture "the boundaries between the imaginary and real," toying with audience perceptions.  Some movie historians interpreted this overriding theme as a social subtext, "the struggles of adolescents in American society" , and their overwhelming need to confront "the harsh realities of life".
The film spawned a long-running series of films, a television series, and a comic book series currently being published by Wildstorm. Also, in the UK and Ireland, there was a book released entitled: The Nightmares On Elm Street: The Continuing Story: Parts 1, 2, 3. This book was released to go along with the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The book was written by Jeffrey Cooper, and was also based on screenplays written by Wes Craven, David Chaskin and Bruce Wagner.
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