DAMN!! Four Hours?!? I seriously thought that was a misprint on the Netflix envelope when I received this MUST-SEE disc.
If you're a Freddy Lover like I am
CHECK OUT this documentary, Never Sleep Again, IMMEDIATELY. Now. Netflix it. Buy it. Go to the Swamp Meet (if there is such a booth, anymore) to get a copy.
It's a completely current, up-to-date, 2010, four-hour, all-7 movie (plus Freddy Vs. Jason) recap of some of the greatest slasher movies of all time. Yeah, four hours.
Don't let that discourage you. Like a good book, I couldn't press pause. I watched it almost straight through. Again, I'm a Freddy Krueger fan. And they went sooo in-depth on each movie, with things, phrases, backgrounds and inside jokes that I was unaware of, for the most part, that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
But, you'll have to be a Fred Krueger fan, once again. Otherwise, this is a lot
a helluva lot of noise.
Surprisingly, the bonus disc (yeah, there's another disc, even with a four-hour disc one) that
wait for it
also contains another four hours of bonus material. That's EIGHT hours for the price of a rental (or two) from Netflix.
Dang; I sound like an infomercial.
I grew up on Freddy. He is currently my # 4 favorite movie character of ALL TIME, behind Hannibal Lecter (#3), Superman (#2) and Catherine Trammel, from Basic Instinct (#1). Mainly, I got hooked with movie 4. I went backwards to watch the original 3 and then forwards when they hit theatres.
That's neither here nor there in regards to this FANTASTIC documentary. It's honest – they really state where they messed up with the franchise and where they tried to redeem themselves. They detail the absolutes, such as the Dream Warriors song by Dokken. And they highlight the atmosphere of the cast and crews with conflicts I was unaware of.
One of the nice things they did was spend a lot of time on how "gay" (gay as in homosexual, and not gay as in bad, you younglings) A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge was. Recently, in early 2010, I re-watched and reviewed all 7 movies (I'd previously rewatched and reviewed Freddy Vs. Jason, so no need to over-do it) in preparation of the horrid A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. When I got to part 2, all I could think of was: how gay is this movie?
They went even further with my analogy. And that wasn't the only case.
These people celebrate Freddy and all his ins/outs. Almost the entire cast(s) returned to be interviewed and with some surprising results – on how they look (or dress) like today. With, or without, a personal slave
I reward this documentary with the second highest rating I hand out. Not just because I love the Elm Street mythology, but because it was extremely well put together, edited and said what it needed to, with enough information before it moved on. I wish all documentaries did that. In addition, even though it's no coincidence this comes out around the same time the remake does, it never
mentions that horrid reboot. Regardless of the (lack-of-) quality of the updated Freddy take, this is strictly an account of the original (and one spin off) movies.
THROUGHLY recommended, and as a bonus – other than the bonus disc I also wholeheartedly encourage you to see – make sure you stay through the credits. The original casts, in today's time, restate their signature lines. Funny or not, and sometimes it was, it was fan-tas-tic to see them say their iconic Nightmare lines again.
Side Note: Coming off the high of Part Four in 1988, my favorite Nightmare, I just had to see Part Five the following year. It was probably one of those cases where I wanted to like it more than I actually did. At any rate, one of my favorite lines was one that was so quickly spoken, so overlooked; I thought I was the only one to appreciate: "Damn it, they caught me. I have to gnash my teeth for the paparazzi" – "Greta Gibson" played by Erika Anderson. She actually re-plays that line in the end credits!
Yeah, that got me excited as, again, I thought, as a devote Freddy fan, I was one of the few that caught that line. In addition, I fell in love with an actor in Freddy Vs. Jason – Brendan Fletcher, and regularly followed his filmography since. Yeah, it helps they showed his "bum" in the movie, but, he himself, brings it up, jokingly – while showing "it," once again, towards the end of this movie.