The horror community has been rocked by the news of the passing of, some say the greatest horror director of all time, Wes Craven.
Most people know Wes Craven as the father of Freddy Krueger. As the creator of https://www.youtube.com/embed/dCVh4lBfW-c“>A Nightmare on Elm Street Wes introduced one of the most beloved and feared horror characters EVER! This franchise alone is enough to set Wes apart from all others in the industry.
Others remember and honor Wes Craven for flipping the script on the horror genre with his groundbreaking film https://www.youtube.com/embed/23jmjs-rMGI“>Scream. A film that takes a hard look at the cliches of a horror film, even lists “how to survive a horror film” and then crushes those cliches and creates real terror for the audience in a whole new way.
As wonderful, and fun, and historically important in the horror industry, as these films are, they were not Wes’ first horrific creations. Wes Craven’s first hand at horror was in 1972 with https://www.youtube.com/embed/k6relcX5X0U“>Last House on the Left. A film that many thought https://www.youtube.com/embed/m5HMeYj9gCA“>went too far at creating real life horror. The films follows two young girls as they are kidnapped, taken into the woods, tortured, and killed, for no other reason than for the enjoyment and entertainment of their attackers. The premise is one that many writers and directors would try and imitate over the years.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/95C1wxkwMeA“>The Hills Have Eyes, another creation of Craven’s wonderfully warped mind. This one left us fearing family vacations, and what the unknown road had in store for the innocent and unprepared.
One of my favorites has to be https://www.youtube.com/embed/CEyQIcuGwDw“>The People Under the Stairs though. A great tale of bad people getting their comeuppance.
The list of film credits goes on, and if you include all those he inspired, and continues to inspire, that list is truly infinite. What I will remember Wes Craven for most is how thoughtful and intellectual he was about his horror. With a master’s degree in philosophy and writing no one can doubt just why his films hit us so hard and effectively. https://www.youtube.com/embed/XKqMVjc9RkI“>His explanation of the basis of our fears is masterful!!
Wes Craven’s life work has changed the lives of so many and he will forever be a considered one of the greatest icons in the horror community. I stand alongside my fellow horror fans today and mourn the loss of a great man, a brilliant mind, a kind heart, and a true legend.