Rest in peace, Wes Craven. You were one of the greats and I’m truly gutted to know you’re gone. For everything from Last House to Elm Street to Scream and all your other myriad contributions to my favorite genre of film, I thank you. You were a giant in the horror world and you will be missed.
RIP Wes Craven (1939-2015) - The beloved master of horror who brought Freddy Krueger to the screen in A Nightmare on Elm Street and the iconic Ghostface in Scream (1996) and its sequels, died today after battling a brain cancer. A key figure of horror genre, with a unique sense of style, shock, and above all, humor throughout the terror with his unglamorous depictions of sadistic and realistically brutal killers. His debut film was The Last House on the Left (1972), a successful B-movie inspired in Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring (1960). From there, he followed with other classics such as The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and its sequel in 1984, Deadly Blessing (1981), Deadly Friend (1986) with its infamous basketball sequence, The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Shocker (1989), The People Under the Stairs (1991), New Nightmare (1994) which was his first venture with Freddy Krueger after 10 years of his first appearance, though he was involved in the script of the 3rd film; themega-hit Scream (1996, sequels in 1998, 2000, 2011), Cursed and Red Eye (both in 2005) and My Soul to Take (2010). Craven proved to be a versatile director, also going outside of horror/thriller with the drama Music of the Heart (1999), directing Meryl Streep to an Oscar nomination; and also the segment Pere-Lachaise from Paris Je t’aime (2006). Also has works as an actor, producer, editor, cinematographer, one highly skilled artist we lost today.
“I didn’t go to film school. I didn’t know every lens and technical term, but I did understand actors and I did know how to orchestrate large-scale events.” - Ava DuVernay for Elle’s Women in Hollywood issue
Wes Craven and Amanda Wyss on the set of A Nightmare On Elm Street. The upside down room used to film Wyss’ character’s death was a special set capable of rotating in any direction that was also used to create Johnny Depp’s iconic bloody bed scene later in the movie.