Reviewed byRewster7Vote: 6/10/10
Whilst its low budget is evident, there is a lot of heart and effortput into this beautifully made documentary. Heather Langenkamp, theactress whom played Nancy Thompson in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street',explores the fandom of the character, which, of course, pales incomparison to the film's famous antagonist, Freddy Krueger. Langenkamp,and director Arlene Marechal, pose the question why doesn't Nancy havethe same popularity as her arch nemesis? However, there are Nancy fansout there, and Langenkamp hears from them of their personal feelingstowards the character and what she means to them.
Nancy is a special kind of slasher protagonist. Continuing on from whatLaurie Strode started in 'Halloween', Nancy is not a "sexualisedvirgin", but a level-headed, smart teenager who would rather face herfears than run away from them. The character has inspired many, andLangenkamp exposes the character's importance in not only horrorcinema, but in the lives of her fans.
Interviews with 'Nightmare' director Wes Craven, and Robert Englund(the actor who played Freddy Krueger) also give insightful analyses ofNancy. Craven, the creator explains Nancy's origins, whilst Englundopines on her relationship with his character, Freddy.
As a fan of Nancy myself, I really enjoyed this documentary. Langenkampisn't so much a star, but a down-to-earth woman whose uplifting spiritis contagious. Her positive demeanor and her obvious appreciation forher fans make for a feel-good experience.
Reviewed bybazmitch23Vote: 4/10/10
You're proud of playing Nancy and brag on endlessly about why she is sogreat. It's just 73 minutes of people praising her. Who cares?
You know when you watch a DVD commentary and the participants point outhow great every person and thing is. That's this doc. It's the same onthe Michael Jackson's This Is It DVD extras where everyone of thefeaturettes are people praising Michael!
I'll give this a 4 because I enjoyed the convention footage. Those arealways fun to watch. And Heather trying to search for a Nancy toy. Iagree. There should be toys of ALL the Nightmare characters. That'llmake a great collection.
Reviewed bymoviegirl86Vote: 10/10/10
I am a huge horror fan. Even though nightmare on elm street came cameout the year before I was born it became my favorite horror movie as Igrew up. I've always loved the character of nancy. For once we had agirl that was strong, determined and not some dumb bimbo. She doesn'trun around falling every 2 minutes. She is a fighter. That being Saidshe is one of my favorite characters. And heather played the partwonderfully. She shows emotion, her acting wasn't wooden or over thetop. I love this documentary. It's shows how heather is always in theshadows of Robert England "Freddy". How the fans always want to meetRobert, how there are thousands of Freddy products but not really anynancy products. This doc is entertaining and funny. Plus the addedbonus of the interview between heather and Wes cravens daughter. WhichI thought was really interesting. If you are a nightmare fan and fan ofnancy, do yourself a favor and watch this.
In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven's legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: "Why Freddymania, and not Nancymania?" After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the phenomenon of eight Nightmare On Elm Street films, Heather reflects on the relevance of heroes in this modern age of monster lovers. Prepare to put yourself in Nancy's shoes and think about Elm Street in a whole new way.