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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

Video  -  Documentary  -  4 May 2010 (USA)
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Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

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Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

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Interesting documentary whose makers interviewed pretty much everyone
27 May 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

An epic documentary charting the making of the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' series from the 1984 original through to 'Freddy Vs. Jason', 'Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy' is essentially an extended DVD extra but I can't imagine any fan of the franchise coming away disappointed. I'm not one of those people by any stretch of the imagination (although I've seen them all more than once and I do have a morbid fascination with horror sequels) and I really enjoyed it.

At four hours in length it's about as exhaustive as you could ask for, featuring interviews with just about every key creative figure from each film, a list too long to bother typing out (notable absences include Johnny Depp, Brian Helgeland and Frank Darabont, but there's so much information here they aren't really missed). Along the way there's production art, storyboards, behind the scenes photos and deleted scenes, snippets of scripts, and candid interviews that reveal the struggles involved in bringing the films to life.

To my mind, the first film is massively flawed but has integrity, the second one is terrific, and the rest are rubbish. What struck me about this movie was that no matter how the final product turned out, everyone involved went in with the best of intentions and put their all into each film. The interviews are at their best when the various writers and directors talk about their struggles to realise their vision, and especially when they're honest about what went wrong.

The most engaging section for me by far was the part that details 'Nightmare on Elm Street 2' (really the only one I fully like) and the way almost everyone involved with that film missed the homoerotic subtext. I was also fascinated by the too-brief look at a draft of 'Freddy's Dead' co-written by Peter Jackson in which Freddy is almost powerless in his dreamscape kingdom and has become a joke to the Springwood teenagers, who deliberately sedate themselves in order to come face to face with him and beat him up. It's a great idea that comments on the state of the series at the time and sounds a lot more interesting than what made it to the screen.

Despite its length the movie is never boring, although once we get into the home stretch I did start to flag a bit (I watched it in one sitting, which may have been a mistake). It is basically 240 minutes of talking heads so I didn't come away feeling like I'd seen a great piece of film-making or anything, but on the level of a making-of-the-movie doc that's clearly a labour of love, it's pretty impressive stuff.


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