rachel craven


get to know me: [3/5] favorite movies ⇢ red eye (2005)

Pretty clever thinking, given the circumstances. Let me guess, stress management courses? Well, they’re really paying off! When we get outta this, I may have to steal you.

“I just didn’t want to make another movie about teenagers being stalked,” Wes Craven said. Rachel McAdams plays Lisa Reisert, a Miami hotel manager taking an overnight flight home when a handsome stranger (Cillian Murphy) starts flirting. He gradually reveals a scheme to kill Lisa’s father unless she cooperates with a political assassination.

No monsters, no bloodbaths, just white-knuckle tension that’s positively Hitchcockian by today’s lower standards. “It’s obviously not buckets of blood; it’s a psychological thriller,” Craven said. “For me, it was kind of an announcement that I can step out of the horror context and hold my own with the best of them.”

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On September 13, 1991, FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE was released in 3-D in theaters nationwide. Well, only a small portion of the film was actually in 3-D. But it was still fun. It had a lot of cool cameo appearances - Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper - just to name a few. Also, it is the only slasher film (to my knowledge) to feature a death by Nintendo (sort of). Take that, Leprechaun!


Be it master of horror or suspense, McAdams says Craven is pleasant to work for. “He’s, he’s very, very good natured, very quiet and has a wonderfully wicked sense of humor – and you have to listen really closely to hear it. But he’s so clever, so witty, and he brings that to his films, which I love, because they’re so heavy and so, you know, dark sometimes, and then, you know, he throws in these twists… It’s just such a nice opposition.”

I don’t usually do this kind of thing, but today I feel compelled. Red Eye is my favorite movie. It’s my favorite Cillian Murphy movie, and my favorite Wes Craven movie and my favorite Rachel McAdams movie– Red Eye is my favorite movie of all time. It’s the film that got me interested in Cillian’s and Wes’s work, and the film that showed me just how interesting and versatile an actor Rachel is.

I can remember vividly sitting in a newly-built movie theater watching it for the first time, and then later when we were packing it up to send it back to the studio (I worked at the movie theater at the time, and movies came in film reels, not digitally like most of them do now), I felt sad that I had to send it away. I can remember finding the tiny little reel of the trailer for it amongst the old trailers that got tossed out and putting that in my bag so I could just somehow keep a piece of the movie that meant so much to me.

Ten years later, it still means just that much to me, and I’m so, so grateful to Wes for bringing something so extraordinary into my life, for guiding me into a very true, genuine love for film that I’m not sure I would’ve found if it hadn’t been for him.  RIP, Wes Craven, you will be missed.

- Amanda