Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy ★★★★½

One, two, Freddy's coming for you...

What a great documentary! These movies scared the hell out of me when I was a young child. Was 6 too young to watch that first one? Probably. My parents told me not to watch them, they were too mature for me, but a friend's older brother disagreed with that theory, and I clandestinely watched the first one at my friend's house, and I was terrified... and hooked!

Three, four, lock your door...

I love how sweet, erudite, intelligent and gentle Robert Englund is in real life. That this man could portray someone as intensely creepy (the makeup and special effects helped immensely, of course) as Freddy Krueger for so many years, and that it typecast the poor guy, is really interesting to me. I also loved his dopey, naive extraterrestrial character in the series, "V." I suppose it was a blessing and a curse for this hard-working actor to have this be his enduring legacy.

Five, six, grab your crucifix...

Each of the films in this series has its ups and downs, its strengths and weaknesses, and naturally, we all have our favorites in the series (I love Pt. I, III, and "New Nightmare"), but it's altogether one of a kind. I even liked some parts of the reboot with Jackie Earle Haley.

Seven, eight, stay up late...

So when I first heard about this looooong behind-the-scenes documentary, I watched it, and loved it. But there was too much to take in, so I watched it twice. It's so marvelously well done. I was happy to see how many of the actors and producers they got to discuss it, and of course, The Man himself, Wes Craven (RIP, sir) and the hard work he--and the fledgling New Line Cinema--put into this scary, inventive, playful film series.

Nine, ten, never sleep again!

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