NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET...
Cast and crew members unite for what turns out to be the absolute be all, end all retrospective look at one of the most popular slasher series of all time, A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Not long ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to review Crystal
. That particular documentary serves as the ultimate
companion piece for the Friday the 13th series, and I was able to name
drop this work while doing so. If youíre wondering to yourself whether
or not you would like to pick up Never Sleep Again or Crystal Lake
Memories, the answer is simple: get them both, right now and perhaps
buy two copies of each so you donít have to share with your sister.
Yes folks, this documentary was the first horror retrospecticus from
1428 films (besides of course His Name is Jason, where co-directors
Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch collaborated), and it is no slouch. It
runs over FOUR HOURS long, and is totally independently funded and
created. The guys reached out to the cast and crew from the franchise
and asked them to bring along any unseen footage or other gems from
their time working with the dream master.
There are a lot of downright emotional stories being shared here, and a
lot of brutally honest admissions from the cast members about their
emotional states, and disagreements they may have had with one another,
the studio, the director, and more (I admit quivering a little when Bob
Shaye discussed losing all control of New Line, the studio he built due
to petty politics). Are you looking for behind the scenes footage?
Stuff you've never seen before? Artwork? Outtakes? Trailers?
Merchandise? Concept storyboards? You're going to see it all here. On
top of all that, the documentary has a beautiful visual style that's
accompanied with really cool "bumpers" to introduce each film.
There's just so much involvement here that it can be almost exhaustive.
As with Crystal Lake Memories, I recommend chunking this up- not
because it's boring, but because it can be so much information that
it's best swallowed in smaller pieces. I know that if you're anything
like me, that's a fool's request and you'll binge-watch the whole thing
and that's fine.. but know that everything about each film is examined
in such great detail. Want to know what Englund thinks about the
emotional and societal subtexts of each film (yes, there's plenty of
talk about how gay Freddy's Revenge was)? You'll get that.
Folks, there's really nothing more I can say about this documentary.
It's just exhaustive, pulls no punches, and offers tons of new material
and insight. Though the newest Nightmare film is ultimately passed over
pretty quickly, that's pretty forgiveable (especially since that movie
went over like a huge fart in church). Hell, we even get some good dirt
on Freddy's Nightmares!
This review can be summed up fairly quickly- do you like the Nightmare
on Elm street films? Buy this now.
I have nothing else to say about this set. It's the best companion piece to the NOES series you could possibly ask for. Buy it at whatever price they're asking for!