Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch
Starring: Wes Craven, Robert Shaye, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Rachel Talalay
Don’t fall asleep
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is a four hour long documentary on the Nightmare on Elm Street series. It goes deep into each film in the series, except the new remake which was coming out around the same time as this. It also covers the TV show, all the actors and creators who have been a part of this series and even the loyal fanbase.
This is a production by 1428 Films and Panic Productions. They have produced the Scream: The Inside Story and they are working together on a new Friday the 13TH documentary called Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13TH.
All the participants seems to have mostly fond memories of being a part of this legendary horror series and they all seem quite honest about their experience working on it. This includes tackling stuff like behind the scenes drama, controversial stuff such as the homosexuality of part 2 and even provide their honest opinion on some of the lesser entries to the series. All the parts are separated with some awesome claymation interpretations of key scenes from each movie.
All of the sequels are given equal amount of attention and time and I absolutely love that. I find that too often the sequels, particularly the ones who weren’t well received is overlooked in movie documentaries. It is amazing how much work they did in getting everyone they could to participate in this. There are nearly 100 people interviewed for this! No matter how big or small part they played in the Freddy saga, the documentary makers wanted to hear their stories. I cannot imagine how much time was spent on tracking down everyone for this, but I am damn happy that they did. Of course you can’t get them all and the most noticeable ones that didn’t participate was Johnny Depp and Patricia Arquette. It is supposed to be because of schedule conflicts which is too bad. I’m sure Depp would have some fun things to say about it and Arquette did not have a great experience in making the third film and could probably deliver some harsh words about her working experience on that one.
It’s fun to see how positive most of the involved are about the series and how it has changed their lives and keep affecting it so many years later. Some of them actually looks even better today than they did back in the 80’s. Lisa Wilcox character Alice was always my favorite out of the series and Lisa looks absolutely amazing today. Kim Myers is also one that looks even better today than she did back in the day. Clu Gulager is perhaps the funniest guy on the documentary, while Robert Englund and Wes Craven both come off as highly intelligent guys that is able to give great insights in what lies behind the burned face of Freddy Krueger and what he represents.
They didn’t even stop at 4 hours if you get the DVD since there is an extra disc with around 1-2 more hours of neat material. This extra disc covers everything from the Freddy glove to the funny review of the Nintendo game by Angry Video Game Nerd. I’m not sure if there has ever been anything with this much content regarding a movie series before. If there is anything else as massive as this out there, then please do let me know in the comments. There is also a very funny James Mewes cameo regarding the character Free Bird from Freddy vs. Jason who was obviously based on him.
Never Sleep Again is perhaps the ultimate documentary on any horror movie series, or maybe even any movie series regardless of genre. It is amazing how much work that was put into this and I think we can call it the definitive documentary on Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s an item that every Freddy Krueger fan should have and treasure.