Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
(Unrated, 3:58:44, Released 2010)
|Genres:||Documentary, Television, Musical & Performing Arts|
|Release Date:||Jan 1, 2010|
|DVD Release Date:||Jan 21, 2014|
|Starring:||Heather Langenkamp, Mark Patton, Jennifer Rubin, Kim Myers, Kelly Jo Minter, Ronny Yu, Lisa Wilcox, Chuck Russell, Rachel Talalay, Jack Sholder|
|Directed by:||Andrew Kasch, Daniel Farrands|
|Synopsis:||Explore the origins of everyone's favorite hideously charred boogeyman, discover the secrets of the horror franchise that keeps coming back, and find out just what an impact Wes Craven's creation has had on the world of pop culture in this documentary narrated by original Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langencamp. In-depth interviews with the actors and filmmakers who helped make Freddy Krueger a true icon of fright reveal delicious details about the series that's been giving horror fans goose-bumps since 1984, and newly unearthed materials offer a better look than ever at the Elm Street legacy. Highlights include interviews with Wes Craven, John Saxon, and Robert Englund, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, special effects footage, and deleted scenes. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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July 29, 2013
Never Sleep Again is the definitive documentary about The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. This is a well crafted documentary that goes in depth about this legendary series. The cast from the entire franchise are here discussing their scenes and other memories from the time on the numerous films in the series. I've seen plenty of documentaries on horror and this is among one of the finest films that I've seen. This will certainly delight diehard Nightmare fans, and the story that each person brings to the table makes this such an awesome documentary. This is an effectively directed feature that really goes behind the story and gives the fans exactly what they want. This is a definitive film that will certainly appeal to anyone that has been attracted to horror franchise. The interviews are well done and entertaining and it gives you something fulfilling in terms of how the Nightmare franchise became one of the standout series in the 1980's horror scene. With these films, Wes Craven and Robert Shaye created something truly in the genre and with that being said, there is a lot more to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise that simply just a slasher film. A few of the sequels, we're quite silly, but all of them were quite entertaining and fun for what they were. Never Sleep Again is an accomplished documentary that is among the finest in the horror genre. Everything you want to know about the Nightmare film is presented here and it is a perfect film for the fans and anyone who loves horror. This is a necessary viewing for genre buffs, and you definitely won't be disappointed with what is offered in this documentary. If you come across this film, check it out, it is worth every second or every nightmare I should say. This film is a pure delight from start to finish. Never Sleep Again is the definitive work on Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
May 17, 2012
An utterly exhaustive, but absolutely fascinating look at the entire Elm Street series. Even though I have never been the biggest fan of the series, I loved how in-depth this documentary was. In fact, I had more fun watching this film than I ever had watching any of the individual films. By the end, one cannot deny Freddie's impact on American culture.
February 4, 2012
I was thrilled to bits when I first heard that Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy was being put together. For die-hard Nightmare on Elm Street fans (like myself), this is the holy grail of horror documentaries. It was long overdue, to say the least. Despite New Line Cinema's attempts at a boxed set of all of the films with some extras, there wasn't any sort of documentary chronicling the series as a whole. Not to mention that the TV series has been pretty much ignored by the studio. This was independently financed and produced by a group of fans who are also talented filmmakers, so it was the perfect combination. Even at four hours long, the documentary still feels short because it's so entertaining and you just want it to go on forever. Thankfully, the second disc of the DVD set is filled to the brim with extended interviews and tidbits, as well as an impressive bulk of extras. I've already done a full review of this set elsewhere, but trust me, this is an amazing documentary and a great DVD set for any horror fan.
April 7, 2013
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is a documentary that covers the history of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. It's a very thorough and in-depth telling of the franchise from Wes Craven's initial concept to the final film. There are interviews with numerous actors, writers, and directors of the series who share some very interesting experiences that they had with the films and how they affect their lives. And it's narrated by Heather Langenkamp, star of the original Nightmare on Elm Street. However, the documentary lacks discernment and includes a lot of material that's not really needed. Fascinating and insightful, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy does an exemplary job at covering one of the landmark horror series in cinema.
fb100000185301014October 6, 2013
A good documentary on the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, from the inspiration to the production of the films, every details that you needed are in the documentary. It's good but way too long and only for the die hard fans really.
June 20, 2013
Fascinating, in-depth documentary on the entire Elm St franchise.
January 8, 2011
This isn't a review it's more of a thing I'm putting out to make you all aware of this if you aren't already. Basically this is a documentary on how all of the Nightmare on Elm Street films were made and it basically devotes 30-40 minutes to every Freddy film. As such it is 4 hours long but there is nothing that says you have to watch it all in one sitting. It is actually really fascinating. It is interesting to see all of the mentalities of everyone who made a Freddy film particularly the really crappy ones. So yeah, just a suggestion ignore it if you want. But if you are a Freddy junkie or have seen all of the films or even half of them or something, I would highly suggest this one. It was really interesting.
December 13, 2010
Interesting insight into the production of all Freddy Krueger films. The only downfall is the 4hr run time.
fb538065424January 28, 2014
If you're a fan of the films, this is definitely a must-see. It's four hours long though but definitely worth viewing.
March 21, 2013
A definitive look at the Elm Street series from its key creator, Wes Craven to just about every cast member through the series. This details every movie (except for the pathetic remake) and explains the highs and lows of one of horror's most popular series. Plenty of cool behind the scenes images and stories that should impress the biggest fans of the Elm Street movies.
June 24, 2012
I love this documentaries that tell the legacy of popular franchises. Really good. Much better than some of the last movies from the series.
October 23, 2011
Fackin long documentary chronicling every movie involved with the Freddy Krueger franchise, going into detail with how every director past Wes Craven was just starting out, how they had difficulties pulling off stunts with low budgets, constrained time, etc. Pretty well edited to grab your attention; I assume hours of footage were skimmed through and painstakingly rearranged to give each speaker from respective sequels their allotted speaking time. It might be a wee spoilerish if you haven't seen all movies in the series but I imagine most people might think them crap and so a documentary of how those movies fared and were filmed might be more interesting anyway. A lot of adult humor is on the set as well as an angle for amateur filmmakers which might inspire considering how many times these movies were used to gamble at the box office under an independent film position.
October 23, 2010
The ultimate Nightmare on Elm Street fanboy Dvd covering the entire Robert Englund franchise of Nightmare on Elm Street films from the original N.O.E.S. up to Freddy Vs. Jason. The high point of this Heather Langenkamp narrated journey through the films is the interviews with not only just about every main character from every film but the more obscure characters like the hall monitor in the original. Even one of my favorite bands Dokken gets a chance to share the legacy the franchise had on their careers. It features stories from the cast and crews as well as behind the scenes photos and footage and lots of special f/x techno stuff to make any fan of the series happy they sat through this never boring four hour trip back to Elm Street.
September 1, 2010
Perfection. Wish some of the more famous actors would've been in it, but people always get a big ego and forget where they came from, so I should've expected it. I guess I expect more from people. But this is great. And I love that it's 4 hours long, not including special features. Bout time! :)