If you haven't yet seen the absolutely incredible documentary Never Sleep Again, you really need to change that. Immediately. If you have seen it, and you think you've seen everything you need to see as it pertains to the making of the Elm Street films... think again!
Back in 1988, in conjunction with the release of A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, the United American Video Corp. released a VHS tape called The Making of a Nightmare, which ran nearly an hour and dug deep into the behind the scenes making of the fourth installment in the franchise. To date, the mini-documentary has never been included with any of the DVD or Blu-ray releases of the film, and the tape itself has become quite rare over the years.
Thankfully, the video has recently surfaced on YouTube, and we encourage all Freddy fans to check it out below. The footage offers unprecedented access to the set of my personal favorite Elm Street sequel, with a large focus on all of the incredible practical effects on display in it. It shows how nearly all of the major kill scenes were pulled off, and the most interesting part of the documentary is perhaps the final ten minutes, which are pure gold for those with a passion for the handmade effects of days gone by.
If you're a big fan of the series, I can guarantee that you're going to find this to be a real treat. Enjoy, Fred-Heads.
Oh and keep your eyes peeled for an appearance from Scream Queen Linnea Quigley, who played one of the souls that rips out of Freddy's chest at the end of the film!