Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
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Murderer. Dream Demon. The bastard son of a hundred maniacs. Any way you slice it, there can only be one man - one monster - who epitomizes those words: Freddy Krueger. For decades, he has slashed his way through the dreams of countless youngsters and shows no signs of ever resting in peace. A Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp is your dream guide in this thrilling "shockumentary" that takes you deeper into Freddy's realm than ever before, featuring exciting clips, never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes footage, conceptual art, publicity materials and exclusive new interviews with over 100 key cast and crew from every Nightmare, including Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Jack Sholder, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Chuck Russell, Jennifer Rubin, Renny Harlin, Lisa Wilcox, Tuesday Knight, Stephen Hopkins, Kelly Jo Minter, Rachel Talalay, Lisa Zane, Alice Cooper, Patrick Lussier, Miko Hughes, Monica Keena, Brendan Fletcher, Ronny Yu and many more. So get ready for Freddy in the definitive account of modern cinema's eternal bogeyman and what has been called the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!
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The people who made this documentary did a fantastic job and went in-depth on all 8 original movies and even the T.V. show, Freddy's Nightmares. Narrated by Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in 1, 3, and herself in 7. There's a lot about the making and the special effects in it, and how each movie was made. There isn't anything better than this when it comes to documentaries, and nothing can beat it. The interviews were informative, the editing was great, there is nothing wrong with this.
If you love A Nightmare on Elm Street, or love documentaries, then buy this! I could go on about how much I love this, because it's fantastic.
New Line Cinema began as a small film distribution company. New Line gambled on a truly frightening script from director Wes Craven ("The Last House On The Left", "The Hills Have Eyes") and the rest is horror film history. British actor David Warner was originally cast as child molester/teen dream murderer Freddy Krueger. A scheduling conflict forced Warner to drop out. Robert Englund stepped in and quickly achieved icon status as the latter-day boogeyman in the seven film series. Unfortunately, in order to get the original "Nightmare" financed, Wes Craven had to sell the rights to the characters he created to New Line. New Line, having nothing else in their pipeline, began releasing "Nightmare" sequels on increasingly tighter production scheduels with increasingly smaller production budgets. This led, of course, to an uneven quality in the overall "Nightmare" series.
The documentary is right on target in assessing what went right, and terribly wrong ("Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child" and "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare") in the series. Nothing could be more infamous, perhaps, than the disasterously homophobic "Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge." I love how key people involved in "Nightmare 2" play coy and pretend they had no idea the script had a homosexual subtext. Hey, get a clue: in this case, the subtext is text. At least openly gay actor Mark Patton, who portrayed the Freddy-possessed and tormented teen Jesse, knew exactly what was going on. In an interview, Patton sadly states that Hollywood is an extremely homophobic town, and homosexuals in Hollywood are some of the most homophobic of them all. Patton furthur relates that he quickly left Hollywood and lived a very happy life, thank God.
"Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" was an innovative return to top form for the series, although there was incredible tension between New Line and novice film director Chuck Russell. By the time Renny Harlin directed "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: Dream Master" (featuring several memorable dream sequences and a strong central performance by Lisa Wilcox), Freddy Krueger had become more funny than frightening.
Original "Nightmare" director Wes Craven went a long ways toward righting the wrongs comitted in previous installments; returning Freddy to his horrorfying orgins in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare." Still, the series concluded with a slam-bang, balls-to-the wall brawl between New Line's two terror titans in "Freddy VS. Jason."
Disc 2 provides even more, exploring Freddy's incarnations in other media, including graphic novels and comic books, and the ultra-low budget TV anthology "Freddy's Nightmares." Best of all, key actors re-inact the entire "Nightmare On Elm Street" film series in ten minutes. Not to be missed-- highly recommended for all "Nightmare" fans.
A new Friday the 13th documentary is coming out with the same producers who made this documentary entitled, "Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th". I can't wait! Hopefully we can get these same producers to tackle a decent Michael Myers Halloween Documentary. The last Halloween documentary of 2006 was a woeful attempt at fandom adoration. Michael deserves better - it's his turn next.