Monday, September 29, 2014

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Directed by: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch

Release Date: 2010

Last week, I watched this documentary in two days. I would have seen it much quicker, but ya know, life gets in the way. I recall catching this on the Biography channel or Chiller four years ago and enjoying this as much as all the special features on the extra DVD with the Nightmare series collection. For Freddy fans, this is the ultimate documentary to own and watch over and over again. 
Remembering this from when I watched all the tidbits from the series collection, I'll never forget seeing Rachel Talalay being interviewed for Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. She literally started on the first film as a production assistant and by the final film, she was directing! I was amazed and so glad for her because she'd been part of the series for such a long time. The film wasn't the best (the 3D gimmick didn't add much to the film) but I'm glad it was a stepping stone for her to direct other projects like Tank Girl and episodic television. I also appreciated seeing some of the others from the other films come back and talk about their experiences on set. My favorite is Renny Harlin's interviews regarding how he kept showing up, haggard and unkempt until Bob Shaye finally hired him to direct the fourth film. Most of these interviews and the information I remembered from the first time and have read on the film quite a bit so there wasn't much new to add for me. What this film did do was rejuvenate my interest for the franchise. I recently re-watched the original A Nightmare on Elm Street last weekend after the documentary and I can't wait to watch the rest and write about them all here!

Halloween is almost here. This is the best time to watch them! I gotta say, I've seen Nightmare too many times and I still get creeped out. That's a testament to Wes Craven, Robert Englund and everyone involved in making this film. My favorite horror film of all time. Re-watch! It's a fun one.