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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy


Jeff Nelson

...the best documentary I have ever viewed.

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
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This generation of moviegoers enjoy to see the explosions, the violence, and action on screen, but usually aren't too interested in what's behind the scenes. Documentaries aren't the most popular genres of film out there, and I'm not a fan of most, but there are exceptions.

The stars of the original Nightmare on Elm Street franchise reunite to bring its fans and newcomers a collaboration of interviews, storyboards, rare photos, film clips, and much more to see how each was made and its impact on pop culture. This documentary is a terrific idea since it has just been remade. This film goes over every film from the original all the way to Freddy Vs. Jason and goes in depth on each movie. It's very informative and once you begin watching, you won't want to stop.

Nearly every actor from all of the films has returned for this film and give their input on their experiences with the franchise and opinions. It's interesting to see these actors after such a lengthy time period. Some of these actresses are still as beautiful as ever, while some have aged, and a few even openly admit drug addictions. Each actor, director, producer, and anyone involved in the flicks gives his or her two cents and is done well.

Throughout the interviews, there are small skits and deleted scenes not even released on the DVDs. Each of these seems to be remastered in the video and audio departments. The editing in between interviews, the claymation skits and other clips is amazing. Each person gets an appropriate amount of screen time and is spread throughout each section of the film he or she is in.

Even if you despise documentaries, but enjoy films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, this should not be missed. It's an extremely long movie, running at four hours although, it feels much shorter than it actually is. Once you start watching it, you will never want to hit the pause button on your remote. It's sensational to see actors such as Robert Englund and Heather Langenkamp discuss their films and the cool insights they have from working with the franchise. Including, it's a great thing that Johnny Depp even gives a nodd to the franchise through a clip of an interview, even after all the success he has gotten since his first acting role in a flick, which was the original Nightmare. I have never been a big documentary fan. However, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is the best documentary I have ever viewed and is a must-see for any Nightmare on Elm Street fan.

My Rating = Five Stars

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