My previous blog post and most recent Netflix pick were dedicated to this gem of a documentary about the making of the Elm Street Franchise. Serving as Executive Producer and Narrator is Heather Langenkamp who starred in three of the Elm Street films. Covering all the Nightmare films including Freddy Vs Jason. Never Sleep Again contains interviews from directors, writers and actors involved in all 8 films. It was released the month after the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The story starts in 1984 with the making of the original film and the birth of Freddy. We learn of the origins of the story and how his character and history were developed. Never Sleep Again shows us the origin story of New Line Cinema also known as the house that Freddy built. Indeed he did. As a writer I found all the things that inspired the story and character very interesting. Here we learn more about the beginning and all the happy accidents that went into making this film. Today there are more computer generated special effects. When you watch Never Sleep Again you will see what goes into building something from the ground up. Using what you have at your disposal. There is no computer to help them out.
We get to hear from the writers of each film and how they came up with their stories. It’s interesting to hear how people interpret things differently. Something this documentary allowed us to see. We heard from the various producers involved in the films from the beginning and to those who became involved later in the film’s franchise. We saw how the directors worked with the rest of the crew to create Freddy’s world.
Personally for me I enjoyed hearing the writers, in particular Wes Craven, discuss what inspired the stories and ideas for their films. If you are a lover of Horror, the Nightmare films or film documentaries I recommend this film. Hopefully you will come away with greater understanding of the work in film, independent studios and the birth of Freddy himself. Jammed packed with behind the scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew Never Sleep Again is a treat for a fans of the franchise.
Have you ever wondered what inspired Freddy’s appearance? Where he got his name or why he wears that awful sweater? Watch Never Sleep Again to find out.