Halloween Countdown: Never Sleep Again

A FOUR HOUR documentary on the entire Nightmare on Elm Street legacy? Oh yes…I did.


The film opens with awesome stop motion animated renditions of iconic scenes (which are worth watching even if you turn it off after that).


I must admit, I think the FIRST Nightmare is one of the best horror movies ever made. With the possible exception of the third installment, Dream Warriors, I couldn’t stand the way they transformed Freddy from the darkest monster imaginable to a fountain of cheesy one liners and gimmicks. Even the makeup looked plastic and less involved in the latter movies, whereas the original was a glistening mess of gooey fresh wounds.

Still, the entire documentary is quite honest and self aware. Those who hated the sequels will probably feel vindicated. It’s streaming on Netflix at the moment. Recommended for hardcore fans of the genre!

Watch the trailer:

Has anyone else seen this?


6 Responses to “Halloween Countdown: Never Sleep Again”

  1. I found the coincidental homoeroticism of the 2nd movie quite hilarious. The looks on their faces as they’re talking about those points in the movie were priceless.

  2. G. B. Marian Says:

    I really enjoyed this documentary. It’s sad that by the time they got to Part 4, they started making the damn things before they even had their scripts finished. (No wonder Parts 4, 5 and 6 make no sense.) Still, though I love the first two movies (yes, I admit it, I LOVE Part 2!), and this was a damn good documentary.

  3. I absolutely loved this documentary. I used to have a book that chronicled a lot of the same territory and I lost it some years back in a house move. aRGH! The damn thing’s not in print anymore. Still this documentary is ace, it made me want to see all the Elm street installments I missed back in the day – like the terrible tv show. It didn’t air here but you could rent it in the video shop . I have vivid memories of classmates talking about the implausible plot lines on the school bus. Rest in Pieces Wes Craven , you left behind a legacy!

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Green Geenie…you are simply awesome. (And yeah, I’m going to find the TV to watch in the next week or two!)

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