Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Studio: CAV Distribution
May 04, 2010 Web Exclusive
If you're a fan of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street saga, then you'll want to steer clear of the new cash grab remake and instead focus your sights on this excellent new documentary. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is an exhaustive four-hour documentary (with another four hours of extras!) focusing on the eight Nightmare movies that starred Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. The project consists of mostly interviews with the cast and crew of the eight films. Directors Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch previously worked on the similar Friday the 13th retrospective documentary His Name Was Jason. Unlike that film, which was severely gutted by studio interference, this documentary is independently financed and allows the interview subjects to be more candid in their recollections.
While the doc is mostly for fans only, the best material is about the creation of this iconic series on a budget. Independent studio New Line Cinema's rise is mostly because of Elm Street, and the stories from director/creator Wes Craven, New Line head Robert Shaye, and star Robert Englund about financial struggles and tight deadlines are frequently the most enlightening. Great input is also given from all of the directors of the series, particularly Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Die Hard 2: Die Harder), who was practically homeless before he had a crack at Elm Street. Overall, the documentary is the best behind-the scenes take on the series yet, but it isn't quite definitive, as actors Patricia Arquette and Craig Wasson (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors) and Yaphet Kotto (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Alien) are curiously absent from a giant assembly of actors. Still, if you're a fan of the original films, this labor of love is a must-see. (www.elmstreetlegacy.com)
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