After spending the last two years rewatching entire series of films in order to prepare for new installments, remakes, or re-imaginings, I think I've finally figured out what seems to be the difference between cinephiles and fan boys: the ability to distinguish one's love for an idea or property from how good or bad it is. For example, I'm a huge fan of Friday the 13th, but recognize that almost none of the films are well-made; or conversely, I never cared about A Nightmare on Elm Street but don't deny that the first film is pretty amazing.

While the majority of fandom struggles to figure out how much love to give its sacred cows, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy balances brilliantly on this thin line between undeniable candor and blind affection. Directors Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch, who previously made the Friday the 13th documentary His Name Was Jason, pay tribute to one of the premiere horror franchises of the past three decades while remaining honest about its shortcomings, crafting a definitive, honest portrait of the Nightmare series that both lovingly celebrates and meticulously chronicles its illustrious history.