One of the three protagonists in “Dream Warriors” is Kristen Parker. We meet her at the very beginning, constructing Nancy’s house out of popsicle sticks and papier-mâché. Her mother is a conceited woman who doesn’t believe her daughter’s problems are real. In her mind, Kristen is just seeking attention. Even when Freddy slits Kristen’s wrists, making it appear as though she tried to commit suicide, her vile mother thinks it’s all a psychological mind game.
In “Dream Warriors,” Kristen is a very passive character. She’s been struggling for a long time, and it’s wearing her down. Only through the help of Nancy and the other kids at Westin Hills can she learn to control her ability to pull others into her dreams and finally fight back against her stalker.
Originally played by Patricia Arquette, Tuesday Knight was brought into play her in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.” The second Kristen is far more proactive. She refuses to let her friends, Joey and Kincaid, forget that Freddy could still be after them. Even when she’s dying in her dream, she very wisely passes her abilities to new friend Alice so she can pick up the fight. Kristen is a relatable and likable character we all want to root for, but her reactive nature in “Dream Warriors” and short-lived heroism in “Dream Master” really hold her back from making it to the top three.
If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).