Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

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

Directors: Daniel Farrands & Andrew Kasch
Screenwriter: Thommy Huston
Narrator: Heather Langenkamp
Cast: Wes Craven, Robert Shaye, Lin Shaye, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Mark Patton, Kim Myers & Alice Cooper
Runtime: 240 min // Certificate: N/a

An absolute goldmine of treats, interviews, additional footage and context about one of the horror genre’s most famous villains, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is one of the most comprehensive and heartfelt documentaries about cinema that I have ever seen. Released in the same year as the disastrous remake, the documentary covers everything from before Freddy was just a glint in Wes Craven’s eye, right up to his 2003 confrontation with Jason Voorhees himself and everything in between.

Anyone who is a fan of the series absolutely needs to see this film. With but a few notable exceptions (namely, the stars who have gone on to be A-listers since they first appeared in a Nightmare... film), absolutely everybody involved in the writing, directing and producing of the 8 films and the 1 cash-in TV series that form the bulk of the Freddy canon makes an appearance, alongside a whole host of stars who have appeared in the films over the years. I mean, for sheer quantity of content alone, Never Sleep Again is damn impressive.

Though it’s chronological and, as such, a tad formulaic, Never Sleep Again is a genuine labour of love that gets deep to the heart of each individual film. Whether it’s discussing the latent (or rather “blatant”) queer undertones of Freddy’s Revenge, the car crash that was Freddy’s Dead or the rivalries and disputes that threatened to tear the series as a whole apart, everyone speaks with pride in what they’ve achieved, and they’re all candid and good-humoured about the series’ more obvious failings, which is very refreshing.

If you’re a fan of Freddy Krueger you simply need to watch this documentary...