Wizard World Horror Fest to host ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ star at special anniversary screening

Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.

The inaugural Wizard World Horror Fest is coming to Philadelphia June 1 through 4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and one special event will focus on everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, supernatural serial killer: Freddy Krueger.

The fest will screen the 1987 classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, in honor of the movie’s 30th anniversary on June 3 at Underground Arts. Series star Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson) will be on hand for live commentary, and will do a Q&A following the film.

Musical entertainment will come from Don Dokken, who recorded the film’s “Dream Warriors” track with his group Dokken. The Monster Squad stars Andre Gower and Ryan Lambert will host.

Directed by Chuck Russell (1994’s The Mask), Dream Warriors follows series protagonist Nancy Thompson (Langenkamp) and her friends as they battle against Krueger (Robert Englund) in the third installment of the series. A fan favorite, the movie is often considered to be a better flick than the initial Wes Craven-directed Nightmare on Elm Street installment, and is credited with injecting some humor into the Krueger character.

Organized by Wizard World, Inc. and Bloody-Disgusting.com, the Wizard World Horror Fest will also feature screenings of 1992’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with star Kristy Swanson as special guest), and 1987's The Monster Squad (Gower and Lambert will also attend). The horror festival will be run in tandem with the Wizard Wold Comic Con.

Passes for the Wizard World Comic Con are available now ($35 to $90). All-access badges to the Horror Fest run $50, and include entry into all screenings. Folks who just want to see the Dream Warriors screening at Underground Arts, however, can purchase individual passes for $19.50.