Elm Street documentary

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  1. rxfiend

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    Members of the creative team behind the hit documentary His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th have joined forces once again to bring horror fans the ultimate tribute to yet another landmark slasher series, A Nightmare on Elm Street, writes a press release reported via Dread Central. Read on for full details on this incredible new forthcoming documentary about the real boogeyman entitled Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy!

    Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy officially began lensing on August 22, 2009 in and around Los Angeles. Starring and narrated by Heather Langenkamp, star of the 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street and two of its sequels (1986's Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare), this thrilling 90-minute retrospective promises to be the definitive look at the making of the iconic horror series and the enduring legacy of its wise-cracking, razor-gloved villain: the indefatigable "bastard son of a hundred maniacs" known as Freddy Krueger.

    For a quarter century, Freddy has slashed his way through the nightmares of two generations of movie-goers in one of the most artful, spectacular and terrifying film franchises in motion picture history. To characterize the Nightmare on Elm Street series as a modern cultural phenomenon would be a gross understatement. To date, the eight (soon to be nine) Elm Street films have scared up well over half a billion dollars in box office receipts in the U.S. alone, launching the careers of such Hollywood luminaries as Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2), Patricia Arquette ("Medium"), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) and even Johnny Depp.

    Little did Freddy's "father," veteran writer/director Wes Craven, know that his terrifying, child-killing creation would go on to become a cult hero and spawn his very own cottage industry. Today, Freddy is practically a household name, with his burned visage, trademark fedora and red and green sweater appearing on everything from T-shirts to video games to action figures to comic books (Freddy was even the star of his own weekly television series!). It's safe to say that Freddy Krueger may never rest in peace – nor should he, since his fans keep clamoring for more. Even Newsweek called him, “The most popular cinematic maniac since Darth Vader.”

    "Freddy is like the 'unholy spirit' in the trinity of modern monsters alongside Jason from Friday the 13th and Michael Myers from Halloween," says co-director and producer Daniel Farrands, who previously helmed the hit documentary His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th and produced the 2009 Deluxe Editions of the Friday the 13th films for Paramount Home Entertainment. A veteran of the horror genre, Farrands most recently served as a producer of the hit supernatural thriller The Haunting in Connecticut, which has grossed nearly $80 million worldwide. "Freddy and the Nightmare films are icons of our generation, and our documentary will revisit the franchise in an exciting new way that will be respectful to the fans and to the films themselves," assures Farrands.

    Co-director and editor Andrew Kasch (Thirsty) concurs: "The Nightmare series has long been regarded as the most high-brow and creative of the mega horror franchises, so our goal is to make a film that reflects those qualities. While His Name Was Jason was campy and off-the-wall, this documentary will offer a serious chronological account of the creative process – the hardships and triumphs behind one of Hollywood's most iconic characters. Above all else, this is not a fluff or promotional piece for the upcoming remake but rather will focus on the original series of films that began with Wes Craven's 1984 classic."

    "The Nightmare franchise has had such a huge impact on the genre and its fans, and is truly an important piece of horror history,” adds producer/co-writer Thommy Hutson (His Name Was Jason, Prank). "These films proved that horror could be both terrifying and dramatic, thrilling and groundbreaking. And that's why we're so thrilled to bring fans an extensive behind-the-scenes look into Freddy Krueger’s hallucinogenic world like never before. It’s a way of paying tribute to Wes Craven’s original vision which has inspired so many of us … and given us a few really good nightmares, too.”

    In addition to the exhaustive feature-length documentary, the two-disc DVD release of Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy will feature over four hours of nightmare-inducing extras, including the original documentary I Am Nancy, written, produced and directed by star Heather Langenkamp which looks back at the last 25 years since her debut as heroine Nancy Thompson and examines the impact of the Elm Street films on young people's lives.

    Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy will be released in the Spring of 2010."

    Dread Central add, "In addition to the above mentioned talent, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy will be written by David Rosiak, with Buz “Danger” Wallick serving as director of photography, and Bill Philputt, and yes, me, Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton co-producing.

    For more on this project check out the official Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy when it launches this Friday, the official Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy MySpace page, and finally Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Facebook page."

    Source: Dread Central
    http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/33513/never-sleep-again-the-elm-street-legacy-documentary-its-way
     
  2. CrazyFatEthel

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    Hmmm, sounds interesting!!!
     
  3. Slackjaw83

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    I want to pre-order this NOW. What's nice is that, since every film in the series was from New Line, they'll be able to use clips/footage from every film with no problems.

    "His name was Jason" was a pretty solid and fun documentary, so if this one is in the same vein, it should be great.
     
  4. MorallySound

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    I just actually watched His Name Was Jason this past week and thought it was pretty well done and researched, so I'm am even more stoked that they are also doing this for the 'Elm Street' franchise since I'm a Freddy guy over a Jason guy. This will be a must own!
     
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    I'll have to make due with the similar documentary Never Sleep Again from a few years back, I don't and won't have the money for this new one any time soon :(
     
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    Can't wait, sounds wicked!
     
  7. Fistfuck

    Fistfuck Slowest to 2000 posts

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    His Name was Jason sucked. Pass.
     
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    I wasn't a fan of His Name was Jason either. This one might be more interesting just because there isn't as much information out about the NOES series. H.N.W.J. had to compete with Crystal Lake Memories and that is the best behind-the-scenes book I've ever read for any film.
     
  9. rxfiend

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    His Name was Jason was rather piss poor, but their Halloween documentary was awesome. They're 1 for 2 in my book. Hopefully this NOES documentary will be similar to the Halloween one. At least now they only have to deal with one studio in regards to clip usage.
     
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    vampyr789 9, 10. Never Sleep Again.

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    cool! im excited for this!
     
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    Yes, yes yes...this is awesome. I'm drooling right now. ANOES deserve this and more. Is my favorite franchise and as someone wrote above there's much less info and insight on ANOES than Jason and Myers, we don't want this, we NEED this.
     
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    I'll give it a look.
     
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    The actual documentary on HIs Name Was Jason was lackluster but the extras more then made up for that. It is definitely not one to be missed if you like the franchise. Just skip the feature and watch the multitude of interviews on the 2 disc set. Plus you gotta love the Angry Video Game Nerd's review of the NES Friday game.
     
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    I totally agree with my Canadian brother here, the extras more than made it worthwhile even when the doc itself was pretty damn lame.

    The extended interviews are some great, great stuff.
     
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    I'm Very Excited about this Nightmare On Elm Street Documentary!! I can't wait to buy it!! Plus, the fact that they filmed my talk with Heather Langenkamp at the Monstermania Horror Movie Convention in CT!! So, I'm Super Excited to find out if I'm in the Documentary as well!! I Can't Wait!! Here is the Picture of Me and Heather Langenkamp from the Horror Convention!! She is such a Sweetheart!! She really loves her fans and I had an amazing time talking with her about everything from Horror Movies to Dreams and what they mean for us!!
     

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    Chalk me up as being stoked to pick this one up also. I'm always anxious to check out new docs on great franchises like Nightmare.:banana:
     
  18. Hey guys,

    Fango just did a modest sized recent up date on this, as I haven't been there in well over a week (I hardly go these days, since really, I just don't like modern Fango; sorry fellas), and I noticed this write in from good ol' Daniel Ferrands, as well as the teaser trailer (narrated & starring Heather Legenkamp) after the piece.

    Enjoy: http://www.fangoria.com/home/news/9...ents-on-nightmare-docu-never-sleep-again.html

    So far, we're 1 & 1. I truely enjoyed and love Halloween: 25 Years of Terror, although like many, because I'm much more of a fanatic of herr Voorhees, I must say that His Name Was Jason left me in the cold, mostly. I really only somewhat dug it once it was goin' in for more then the half hour mark, and I'm glad I only paid a little over $5 for it at Wal-Mart opening week, because I got that ticket for the so-so remake and plus, the special features that go back to old school Paramount shooting locations and fuller unedited interviews are the best, anyway. And for some reason, even though she's a lovely gal, I sort of cringed at the Legencamp narrated teaser there. She's a lovely gal, once again, and eternally lovely & beautiful, but I honestly never thought she was much of an actress. To each they're own.

    But I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and I'll buy this (or next?) year. I'm a modest Freddy fan, although not a fanatic. The Shape & Jason are my favorite of the "Big Three" seminal Slasher Icons, flaws & all, and then it's onto he more obscure Slashers for me and then mainland European Giallo's. Cause to tell ya the truth, I didn't even like too many of the more popular Halloween holiday-theme'd knock offs, to be 100% honest. Or anything in the Elm Street cannon after the 3rd instalment.

    I REALLY hope they cover the first two instalments although for me, the underrated and even darker in tone Part 2 especially. I never minded the sub-text and eccentricness of it, and to me, even adds to an oddball-ish, outside of the old school Slasher film long before the self-referational days, charm. It's so quirky, dark, and loaded with this & that, and I even prefer it to the original and enjoyable Part 3 in many ways. No kidding.

    But after Part 3, I don't really give two shits about the series, although I will re-buy the first three on Blu-Ray, so get on the ball, New Line! And please, guys, don't have a bunch of genre journalist who are just big time genre fanatics like us in there, like on His Name Was Jason. C'mon: We can all do that. Actually have the actors, writers (rather they're credited or not), PAs and other production members, special make-up FX artists and producers and promotional artists interviewed and profiled. No one cares about the journalist's. They ruined a good almost 75% of "His Name" because they had absolutely nothing at all to do with the original productions.

    Reguardless, best of luck to'em! I can't wait to see how this turns out.

    (By the way: It just accuried to me that a Halloween: 30 Years of Terror chould be made, which would just be an impressive re-edited up date with more recent interviews, and up-dates to include Rob Zombie's controversal re-boot instalments in there, as well as re-naming it 30 instead of 25 of course.)
     
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    Any updated news on this doc yet? I couldn't find a pre-order listing at amazon.com. Do they plan to release it in conjunction with the theatrical release of the re-make? That would certainly make sense in terms of marketing.
     
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    By the way,what happened to Captain Brandon? He hasnt been on since before Halloween. I sure hope hes ok.
     

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