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The definitive chronicle of the making of Wes Craven's 1984 horror classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

About this project

 

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy--The Making of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is the ultimate look at the scary, thrilling and groundbreaking 1984 film.

Through personal relationships and incredible access to many of the film's cast and crew, the ultimate story of how the movie was conceived, created and released will truly come to life.

Exclusive interviews with dozens of people who brought Elm Street to life (writer/director, producers, cast, cinematographer, effects artists, designers, stunt people and more), and combining hundreds of materials, including rare, never-before-seen photographs, storyboards, conceptual drawings, publicity materials, archival documents and more will complete this cleverly-crafted, comprehensive chronicle.

This one-of-a-kind, exhaustive look back will appeal to fans of:

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven
Robert Englund
Heather Langenkamp
Genre movies
Behind-the-scenes filmmaking

Readers will find everything they ever dreamed of as they enter the behind-the-scenes world of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street like never before.

The book will be hardcover, over two hundred pages and include both color and black-and-white photos and materials. It will be printed on high-quality, semi-gloss paper. It is an oversize (approximately 9.5" x 12") coffee table book.

Physical production of the books is being handled by Toppan, an award-winning leader in printing with decades of experience. One of the thousands of titles they produced was author Peter Bracke's incredible Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.

The cover of the book is a fantastic, original, exclusive painting created by artist Nathan Milliner.

Material and chapters of the book include:

A foreword by Wes Craven
Wes Craven's career
The beginning of New Line Cinema
The pre-production, production, release and legacy of the film
An afterword by Heather Langenkamp
And more!

Below are sample pages and spreads. Enjoy!

 

 

 

The book has been written, and we're now finalizing the layout. If funding is successful, the book will go into physical production in late May. Our goal is to begin shipping orders and rewards in November 2014 on or around the film's 30th anniversary.

Meet the creative team behind the book:

Thommy Hutson (author) wrote and/or produced the definitive documentaries on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Scream and Return of the Living Dead. He is thrilled to have been able to tell the definitive story of the making of Craven's classic in a way that has never before been done...nor will ever be done again! Years of research, writing, designing and crafting have gone into this project, and he cannot wait to let it loose upon fans everywhere!

Lito Velasco (editor) has collaborated with Hutson on the Elm StreetScream and Return of the Living Dead documentaries in multiple capacities. An ardent fan and supporter of all things Elm Street, he has worked tirelessly to help make this book a reality.

Peter Bracke (design and layout) is an accomplished journalist and the man behind the incredibly creative and wildly successful book, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th. His design aesthetic is top-notch and brings an amazing, distinct look to this project.

Nathan Thomas Milliner (cover artist) is an incredibly accomplished graphic artist, writer and filmmaker. He was recently tapped by Shout! Factory to be the premiere artist for their sister label, Scream! Factory, and has created multiple covers for their special edition Blu-ray releases.

Heather Langenkamp (project supporter) is the star of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dream Warriors and Wes Craven's New Nightmare, among other film and television projects. She also contributed an Afterword to the book.

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy--The Making of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is the definitive account of the film that began what many have called the best, most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history.

As with all the projects and documentaries with which we've been involved, it's the fans who truly make them a reality. That's why we created the book and are bringing it directly to you: to ensure it's the most thorough, in-depth, unfettered presentation of the story behind the film. Your pledge will bring this book to life and save it from becoming lost in Freddy's nightmares!

The only way for this all-encompassing "making of" book to see the light of day is if fans like you pledge to get their copy through this campaign. If we fall short of our goal, all the incredible stories, photos, materials and lore associated with A Nightmare on Elm Street will remain trapped in the boiler room.

Only you can make it happen!

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy--The Making of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street" © 2014 Red Rover Books LLC

"Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy" © 2010 1428 Films LLC

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy--The Making of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is not affiliated with or sponsored by the producers of A Nightmare on Elm Street, New Line Productions or Warner Bros. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Freddy Krueger" are registered trademarks of New Line Productions, Inc.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is a successful campaign: without financial backing from the people interested in this book--fans of Elm Street, Wes Craven, New Line Cinema and behind-the-scenes storytelling--this labor of love will not become a reality.

Another consideration is the logistics and time necessary to physically print the book and fulfill orders. We've made arrangements to print overseas with a reputable printing house known for its quality. The time it takes for us to receive the books from overseas can be several months, and there could be unexpected delays in customs. These potential issues have been taken into account in the projected timeline as much as possible.

To help the publication and delivery go smoothly, we have a fantastic team of people behind the book working diligently to get everything out on time. Currently, orders and rewards are expected to ship in November 2014, on or around the film's 30th anniversary.

We are hoping that fans of the film--and fans of moviemaking--are as excited to own the book as we have been creating it!

Thank you!

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FAQ

  • Not necessarily.

    Any changes we made to the reward tiers are retro-active to anyone who already pledged at that same reward level. For example, if you pledged at the $75 reward level before we added Amanda's autograph to that level, you do NOT need to change your pledge--Amanda's signature will be added to ALL pledges at the $75 level.

    But, for example, If you had pledged at the $75 level and you would like to have Robert Englund sign your book, you should change your pledge to the $150 Ultimate Nightmare level to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity.

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  • We recently added benefits to each reward tier of $75 and higher. Kickstarter does not allow us to edit any rewards that already have pledges against them, so we had to add new tiers at the same dollar amount, and those new tiers describe the benefits which will apply to ALL rewards pledged at that dollar amount.

    For example, the $75 reward tier now includes Amanda's signature in addition to Heather's and Thommy's signatures. Anyone who pledges at ANY of the $75 reward tiers will get all three signatures on their book, regardless of when they pledged that amount.

    We are trying to mark the old rewards as "sold out" so that it makes more sense as to which are the newer descriptions. However, every time a supporter switches their pledge from an old reward to a newer one, Kickstarter is making the older rewards available again. We understand this can be confusing.

    Just remember, all reward tiers at the same dollar amount offer exactly the same benefits.

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  • We based the project's financials primarily around a minimum print run of 1,000 or more copies. To create a 200+ page, large-format, photo-rich, hard-cover, professionally-bound book of the highest quality would not be financially feasible if we printed a smaller quantity.

    The costs that go into creating and printing 1,000+ books include, of course, the printing costs, as well as customs clearance and handling fees at the Port of Los Angeles once the books arrive from overseas. There are also legal fees and other professional fees, such as layout & design and editing.

    And once the books arrive in the U.S., they'll need to be individually boxed up and shipped out to all of the amazing fans who helped make this campaign a success!! We've worked with multiple shipping providers to determine the best shipping method for this large, heavy book. Needless to say, shipping it will not be just a few stamps on the box.

    Most importantly, Kickstarter and Amazon Payments subtract a substantial portion of the funds we raise through this campaign, and we've taken that into account.

    In short, the $65,000 goal will basically cover the numerous costs for the minimum print run. If we cannot reach that goal, it is not feasible to print and ship the book, and it will remain locked in the boiler room.

    We hope this information helps you make a more informed decision. Again, we cannot bring the book into reality without the immediate support of loyal fans like you.

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  • No. The number of books that are printed will be based on the pledges made during this campaign. We will not be able to accommodate any requests for books after the campaign has ended. If you wait, ebay may be your only option!

    As we've outlined above, the time it takes for us to receive the books from overseas can be several months, and there could be unexpected delays in customs.

    The only way for this all-encompassing "making of" book to see the light of day is if fans like you pledge $50 or more to get your copy through this campaign. If we fall short of our goal, all the incredible stories, photos, materials and lore associated with "A Nightmare on Elm Street" will remain trapped in the boiler room.

    Be sure to make your pledge now!

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  • No, and no.

    If you're new to Kickstarter, rest assured there is no risk of you paying for something you never receive. Kickstarter will take your pledge amount only if the project meets its goal.

    In other words, if the project does not meet its goal, then Red Rover Books does not receive any funds. This also means we will not be able to print and release the book.

    We genuinely appreciate everyone's interest and support in bringing the book to life. If you haven't already, please help us reach the goal by pledging and spreading the word to your friends, family and fellow fans!

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  • YES!

    You're into survival--and you live outside the United States! We've heard your screams and invite all die-hard fans the world over to join in the fight against Freddy!

    For the most loyal of Nightmare fans, we've added an option for shipping outside the U.S. to the ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE reward level, which includes the Elm Street stars' signatures, the collectible poster and the exclusive opportunity to have your name printed as a special "Thank You" in the book. (Please note you may be required to pay additional taxes and duties upon delivery, which are not included in your pledge.)

    A large-format, "coffee table" collectible book such as this, with its oversize dimensions and significant weight of the packaging, makes managing the costs for shipping outside the U.S. a challenge. Therefore, we are only able to offer shipping outside the U.S. at the ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE and higher reward levels.

    Another option would be to reach out to a friend or family member who lives in the U.S. and ask them to pledge at a lower level on your behalf. They would then be able to ship the book to you (once it's released) at the exact shipping cost and service level you choose.

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  • Unquestionably, yes!

    As a devoted fan, you have probably watched the documentary "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy." This book uses the content from that documentary only as a starting point--it goes miles and miles beyond what's in the documentary.

    Thommy has spent months and months searching the world over for every last detail about the original Elm Street movie. He's tracked down people involved in the film who haven't spoken about it--let alone thought about it!--in decades.

    They've searched their attics, garages and basements to find photos and memorabilia that's been buried and nearly lost. They've given him new stories, new photos and new perspective on the making of the 1984 film. This information has never before been brought together into a single volume, and it will only be available to those who get a copy of the book.

    Please make your pledge today!

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  • This book focuses on Wes Craven's groundbreaking 1984 film, the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

    It's a one-of-a-kind, exhaustive look back at the original film and includes details, stories and photos that had remained buried for decades. Readers will find everything they ever dreamed of as they enter the behind-the-scenes world of the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" like never before.

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    "NODDING OFF"
    Did you have a nightmare, too?
    Pledge $5 to help us reach our goal, and we'll make sure to tweet out a special thanks for your support! (Be sure to get us your Twitter handle.)

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    24 backers

    "LIGHT SLEEP"
    There's something out there, isn't there? Pledge $10 and we'll make doubly sure our thanks to you is noticed: we'll not only tweet about it, we'll also give you a special thanks on our website!

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    "DEEP SLEEP"
    You could just see the cuts happening.
    You're getting closer to Krueger and to helping us make the book a reality! Pledge $25 and you'll get: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website and a rolled, 12"x18" poster of the amazing, exclusive book cover art by Nathan Milliner!

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    224 backers

    "REM"
    You are definitely dreaming. And it's a good one, too! This is your chance to get your hands on this one-of-a-kind, definitive book. Pledge $50 and you'll receive: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website and a copy of the book that includes an official seal from Red Rover Books indicating the number of your copy in this "Premier Release" (total number of copies in the initial release will be based on the number of pledges at this level or higher).

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    32 backers All gone!

    "LUCID DREAMING"
    Just stay awake and watch me!
    Pledge $75 and you'll get:
    a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website, the Premier Release numbered book AND your book will be signed by Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp and author Thommy Hutson (autographs only, not personalized).

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    68 backers

    "LUCID DREAMING" [SIGNED BOOK] Just stay awake and watch me! Pledge $75 and you'll get: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website, the Premier Release numbered book AND your book will be signed by Elm Street stars Heather Langenkamp ("Nancy") and Amanda Wyss ("Tina") plus author Thommy Hutson (autographs only, not personalized). *** NOTE that ALL reward tiers that include Heather's and Thommy's autographs will now also include Amanda's. ***

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    9 backers All gone!

    "NIGHT TERROR"
    Fred Krueger did it.
    Pledge $100 and you'll get: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website, the Premier Release numbered book signed by Heather Langenkamp and Thommy Hutson (autographs only, not personalized) and the 12"x18" rolled book cover art poster (unsigned).

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    6 backers

    "NIGHT TERROR" [SIGNED BOOK (Heather, Amanda & Thommy) & POSTER (unsigned)] Fred Krueger did it. Pledge $100 and you'll get: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website, the Premier Release numbered book signed by Elm Street stars HEATHER LANGENKAMP ("Nancy") and AMANDA WYSS ("Tina") plus author THOMMY HUTSON (autographs only, not personalized) and the 12"x18" rolled book cover art poster (unsigned).

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    37 backers All gone!

    "THE ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE"
    You're into survival! Pledge $150 and you'll receive: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website, the Premier Release numbered book signed by Heather Langenkamp and Thommy Hutson (autographs only, not personalized), the 12"x18" rolled book cover art poster (unsigned) and get a "Thank You" credit printed in the book!

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    194 backers

    "THE ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE" [SIGNED BOOK (Robert, Heather, Amanda & Thommy), POSTER (unsigned) & "THANK YOU!"] You're into survival! Pledge $150 and you'll receive: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website, the Premier Release numbered book signed by ROBERT ENGLUND ("Freddy"), HEATHER LANGENKAMP ("Nancy") and AMANDA WYSS ("Tina") plus author THOMMY HUTSON (autographs only, not personalized), the 12"x18" rolled book cover art poster (unsigned) and get a "Thank You" credit printed in the book!

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    "THE ULTIMATE GLOBAL NIGHTMARE" You're into survival--and you live outside the United States! We've heard your screams and invite all die-hard fans the world over to join in the fight against Freddy! Pledge $175 USD (includes shipping) and you'll receive: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website, the Premier Release numbered book signed by Heather Langenkamp and Thommy Hutson (autographs only, not personalized), the 12"x18" rolled book cover art poster (unsigned) and get a "Thank You" credit printed in the book!

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    1 backer

    "DREAM SEQUENCE" [5 (unsigned) BOOKS] When you dream, you dream big! Pledge $200 and you'll receive: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website and FIVE unsigned copies of the official "Premier Release" book. (All copies will be sent to the same address.)

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    3 backers

    "LUCID DREAM SEQUENCE" [5 SIGNED BOOKS (Heather, Amanda & Thommy)] When you dream, you dream big! Pledge $300 and you'll receive: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website and FIVE copies of the official "Premier Release" book signed by Elm Street stars HEATHER LANGENKAMP ("Nancy") and AMANDA WYSS ("Tina") plus author THOMMY HUTSON (autographs only, not personalized). (All copies will be sent to the same address.)

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    12 backers

    "ULTIMATE DREAM SEQUENCE" [5 SIGNED BOOKS (Robert, Heather, Amanda & Thommy)] When you dream, you dream BIG! Pledge $450 and you'll receive: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website and FIVE copies of the official "Premier Release" book signed by Elm Street stars ROBERT ENGLUND ("Freddy"), HEATHER LANGENKAMP ("Nancy") and AMANDA WYSS ("Tina") plus author THOMMY HUTSON (autographs only, not personalized). (All copies will be sent to the same address.)

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    3 backers

    "DREAM WARRIOR" [10 SIGNED BOOKS (Robert, Heather, Amanda & Thommy), POSTER (unsigned) & "THANK YOU!"] You stand with the elite, ready for battle. Pledge $1,000 and you'll receive: a shout out on Twitter, thanks on our website and TEN copies of the official "Premier Release" book signed by Elm Street stars ROBERT ENGLUND ("Freddy"), HEATHER LANGENKAMP ("Nancy") and AMANDA WYSS ("Tina") plus author THOMMY HUTSON (autographs only, not personalized), the 12"x18" rolled book cover art poster (unsigned) and get an exclusive "Dream Warrior Thank You" credit printed in the book. (All copies will be sent to the same address.)

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