Directed By: Jeremy W. Brown, Written By: Matt Shaw, Starring: Matt Shaw, Rebecca Tarabocchia & Jason Brooks.
For those of you who are either unfamiliar or just don’t read, Matt Shaw is a British Horror author of over 200 published works. Most of Matt’s books fall under the extreme horror category. I have read many of his books including Porn and How much to...? and I can tell you that not only is Matt extremely prolific, but he is also one sick puppy.
In recent years Matt has made the leap into movies. His film, Monster (which I still haven’t gotten round to watching) has received positive reviews and is available on Amazon Prime.
Let me start by declaring that I’m a huge fan of well-made fan films. The pinnacles of these, for me personally, are Never Hike Alone and Friday the 13th: Vengeance. Both are wonderfully made and the filmmaker's passion for the Friday movies is abundantly clear.
Until now, I hadn't stumbled across an Elm Street fan film that held my interest. That is until I sat down to watch A Nightmare On Elm Street: Up All Night.
Written by and Starring Shaw and directed by Jeremy W. Brown, the man behind the lens of last years aforementioned Friday the 13th: Vengeance, Up All Night is a love letter to the Springwood Slasher and more. The ‘more’ part is a big surprise that I won’t be spoiling for you.
What struck me most about ANOES: UAN is how well acted it is. Matt Shaw acts his arse off. The film opens in a biker bar in, erm, Springfield… Yep, Springfield, which I’m pretty sure is the home of The Simpsons, not Freddy. Matt plays Johnathan, an Englishman (fish out of water) whose modus operandi is to get laid. He’s on the pull and his target of lust is Marlow (Rebecca Tarabocchia).
Marlow has been having nightmares and is on a mission to stay up all night to avoid being butchered by our favourite razor-fingered fiend. She gives in to Johnathan’s advances and the pair head back to her place to make the beast with two backs.
When Mr Krueger finally makes his first appearance, it’s both repulsive and hilarious in equal measures. If you thought Jesse from Elm Street 2 had it bad, with Freddy tearing his way out of him, just wait until you see how Fred exits Marlow. “It’s a boy!” With a run time of only 17 minutes, Up All Night leaves you wanting more. Especially as the film ends on an intriguing cliffhanger.
The production value for a fan film is fantastic and as you sit watching it, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a Hollywood filmed production. I don’t know what the budget for this film was. It was funded through a GoFundMe style campaign and while I’m not sure of the amount raised, every penny winds up on the screen.
Keeping Freddy in the shadows helps maintain the illusion that it could actually be Robert Englund beneath the Fedora. Freddy’s last screen appearance was in that god-awful remake where Freddy resembled Mr Potatohead, so it was great to see a more traditional looking Fred Krueger on-screen, even if i for only a brief amount of time.
Hopefully, if this beautifully made fan film is a success, there will be a follow-up. The story definitely warrants a sequel. The level of quality fan films available is fantastic and deserve support. They are a great way for showcasing the talent of up-and-coming filmmakers who grew up watching 80s slasher classics, and Up All Night is no exception, A Nightmare On Elm Street: Up All Night is available for free on YouTube, so go track it down and show support for these low budget passion projects.