Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Directed by Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch, 2010
A Nightmare on Elm Street has long been my favorite of the '80s horror franchises. It's no surprise, then, that Never Sleep Again is also likely to wind up being my favorite horror franchise documentary. Even if I wasn't the Krueger fan that I am, Never Sleep Again simply has too much going for it to not be worth your time. This is a nearly four-hour long film without even factoring in the bonus features on the DVD, after all, so it's wise to set aside a lazy afternoon to watch it all. Considering how rich all of the content is, though, those four hours zip on by.

My only problem with Never Sleep Again is its episodic structure. Directors Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch, who previously worked together on His Name Was Jason, make creative use of stop motion animation during the transition segments, the trouble is their structure is to merely transition from one film to the next. This allows them to be definitive in their coverage by essentially closing the chapter on a particular entry in the series, but it would have been nice to see some sections of the film that were dedicated to overall themes from the series and not just individual titles.

Still, if the only complaint to be raised about a four-hour long documentary is that its structure is efficient but not necessarily imaginative, I think it's safe to say all involved did an amazing job. This is must watch stuff for horror fans.
categories Reviews, Horror