Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Director: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch
Writer: Thommy Huston
Genre: Documentary, horror
This is one of the greatest movie documentaries I've ever seen. It probably has to do with the fact that I'm a big fan of the series, but overall it was really well done. You could tell that everyone involved in making the documentary, appearing in it, and putting it together were mad about Freddy.
It was some 4 hours long and that is incredibly more than most docs out there. However, because there is so much source material to go over in the Nightmare world it makes sense that it is so damn long. From beginning to end I was crazy about it and hung on everyone's words. I felt like a kid in a candy store getting a behind the scenes look at the awesome movies.
What was really weird was how my opinion on Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare was. Upon watching it I thought it was a completely terrible movie but after the doc it seemed so much better. Despite it being a bit of a car wreck, seeing how much everyone loved making it made it seem better overall. It was especially interesting to see that they actually went to Nintendo to see if they'd let Freddy wear a power glove during the stoner video game scene. When Nintendo said no, they did it anyway! you gotta love the guts they had to do things like that.
The only sad thing is that Johnny Depp wasn't in the documentary except for in one early 90s interview clip. It really felt like Depp was ashamed of his first film. That's really sad if true because A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic horror film. Completely on the opposite end of things, it really seemed like Heather Langenkamp is in love with her character and the series. That, I think, is wonderful.
Bottom line: Incredible documentary for anyone who likes Nightmare.