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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | Video 4 May 2010
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!


Thommy Hutson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Langenkamp ... Self - 'Nancy Thompson' / Narrator
Stacey Alden Stacey Alden ... Self - 'Nurse Marcie' (as Stacy Alden)
Erika Anderson ... Self - 'Greta'
Marshall Bell ... Self - 'Coach Schneider'
Fran Bennett ... Self - 'Dr. Christine Heffner'
Howard Berger ... Self - Make-Up Effects Artist
Charles Bernstein ... Self - Composer
Doug Beswick ... Self - Stop-Motion Animator
R. Christopher Biggs R. Christopher Biggs ... Self - Key Make-Up Effects
Beatrice Boepple Beatrice Boepple ... Self - 'Amanda Krueger'
Leslie Bohem Leslie Bohem ... Self - Screenwriter
Brannon Braga ... Self - Screenwriter
John Carl Buechler ... Self - Special Make-Up Effects Designer
Brooke Bundy ... Self - 'Elaine Parker'
Lou Carlucci Lou Carlucci ... Self - Special Effects Assistant


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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The definitive look back down Elm Street is here! See more »


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Comprehesive walk down Elm Street.
8 April 2013 | by Donatien3See all my reviews

For children of the eighties, Freddy Kruger was a massive pop culture icon. Spanning seven moves from 1984 to 1994 (and the 'Freddy v Jason' mashup in 2003), Freddy started as the brainchild of horror master Wes Craven and grew into one of the most recognisable fictional characters in modern entertainment and turning New Line Cinemas from a small independent company to a major Hollywood force.

'Never Sleep Again' comprehensively chronicles the rise of Freddy - interviewing everyone from Craven, Robert Englund, New Line's Robert Shaye, Heather Lagenkamp (who narrates the documentary) to nearly ever actor from all Nightmares (notable exceptions are Johnny Depp and Patricia Arquette) as well as special effects artists, directors and other vital crew members.

NSA is a Freddy fan's nirvana! Over nearly four hours, the interviewees speak openly about each film (divided into chapters and framed by cool claymation sequences), supported by script excerpts, behind-the-scenes footage, concept art and other rare gems. While some documentaries explore well-trodden ground, NSA delves deep into the Freddy mythology and the making of each movie. They also make an effort to explain why each film was a success or failure (Nightmare Part One, Part Three and New Nightmare are regarded as the best, while Parts Two and Five are the worst). They also examine the rise of New Line (or "The House that Freddy built"), the TV show 'Freddy's Nightmares' and how Freddy became such a phenomenon. What comes through is the love and respect everyone has for the Nightmare films, from Robert Englund (who has always been grateful and respectful of Freddy) to minor actors.

To put it simply, NSA is a must-watch for Freddy fans. Hardcore fans will have their love strengthened, while casual/newer fans will arguably find a renewed enthusiasm for the series.

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