Okay, so this is cheating. Instead of watching Nightmare on Elm Street (the greatest horror franchise ever) I watched the documentary Never Sleep Again. That being said, if you’re a horror fan (not even just a Freddy fan) this is a must see documentary. It’s 4 hours long, but it feels like only 2 hours and full of interesting information and great interviews.
The opening credits along depict these incredible claymation reenactments of famous scenes from the series before it dives right into the story. We learn the history of the the first film, where Wes got the idea, how special effects were done and exclusive never before seen cut footage. We learn about the stories of friendship and fun on the set of Dream Warriors and a break down of why Dream Warriors and Dream Master are both so much better than they deserve to be.
The most fascinating parts of this documentary come from the fact that it was independently made so everyone is honest. They discuss why Part 5 didn’t work and if the gay subtext in Freddy’s Revenge was intentional or not.
The most interesting part of the entire documentary was about the making of Part 6 Freddy’s Dead The Final Nightmare. First talking about the unproduced (but extremely interesting) Peter Jackson script and leading into why Freddy’s Dead is uneven (but still awesome). I always enjoyed Freddy’s Dead despite many referring to it as the worst film in the franchise, now I can understand why. It was put together by a collection of production experts from the John Waters camp (get it?!) and even originally called for a cameo from Divine.
If you’re reading this blog because you love horror movies, you should not just see this, but own it because beyond the 4 hour documentary there’s a second disc of even more incredible bonus features.