Friday, November 16, 2012

Never Sleep Again, and Watch it Often (DVD Review)

The first time I watched Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy I was putting back a few beers. Gradually, as the night wore on, I passed out. I used to drink nothing but IPA’s and as some of you might know, IPA’s are chock full of sugar and alcohol. When I awoke to the sound of screaming some time later, I realized that the movie was still running. Normally when you watch a DVD the movie finishes, goes to the menu screen and proceeds to burn in an image into your plasma. Nice, I thought. They have a repeat function that prevents burn in. Then I looked at the count on the player.  Then I realized just what I was dealing with: the most comprehensive documentary on a film I had ever had the chance to pass out during.

First thing the next day I made sure to start it over and watch the whole thing from start to finish. When you realize around four hours long, you can’t imagine that your attention could be kept the entire time, however that’s the case. Riveted to the TV screen. Not only that, my wife (notorious horror hater) also enjoyed it having been terrified of Fred Krueger as a kid. Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch drop the veil on the entire Nightmare on Elm Street mystique. While it’s not uncommon to see Robert Englund out of makeup and displaying his gift of gab, the casts of the sequels can be somewhat hard to come by. Never Sleep Again puts that to rest. By the end of this doc you’ll know each actor by heart. You’ll know the directors like you do Wes Craven. You’ll even get the chance to sit down with a variety of producers and crew behind the scenes. Think of this is your introduction to the Nightmare family; one big Thankgiving dinner of horror.

Want a laundry list of folks you’ll be meeting at the great table at the end of the street?

Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp (narrating and sexy as ever), Jack Sholder, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Chuck Russell, Jennifer Rubin, Renny Harlin, Lisa Wilcox, Tuesday Knight, Stephen Hopkins, Kelly Jo Minter, Rachel Talalay, Lisa Zane, Alice Cooper (we are not worthy), Patrick Lussier, Miko Hughes, Monica Keena, Brendan Fletcher, Ronny Yu … just to name a few! Sure there’s no Depp. There’s no Arquette, but I’m sure if you YouTube ‘em you’ll find them jaw flapping about the movie sooner or later.

The double disc edition of Never Sleep Again comes loaded with even more extended interviews with cast and crew (as if you can imagine MORE). The Elm Street edition of Horror Hallowed Grounds exploring the filming locations of Nightmare on Elm Street. If you are unfamiliar with this series, it is a must watch. The Halloween III Hallowed Grounds blew my ever loving mind. Also there are special features related to the Nightmare on Elm St comics and novels for those of you who need even more to prevent you from sleeping.

Isn’t it ironic that I passed out during a documentary called Never Sleep Again. Guess that goes to show you should never mix Hypnocil and brews. IPA’s especially.

You can pick up Never Sleep Again HERE in all it’s double disc glory. Check out the rest of CAV Distributing’s line of movies HERE.  You may have read my review of More Brains! recently where I mentioned that Return of the Living Dead’s doc was just too damn long. Well this one ain’t long enough.

-Dr. TERROR – Dream Power – In my dreams, I have a physique like Hugh Jackman and a movie collection like Diabolik DVD. 

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