wesIf you are a true fan of horror films, then you were saddened by the news of the passing of legendary horror director Wes Craven last night. To see the announcement last night was such a shock because it felt like it came out of nowhere. Wes Craven passed away at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 76 on Sunday after a three year battle with brain cancer. Wes Craven was known for such horror classics as A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Last House On The Left, Scream, The People Under The Stairs, The Serpent And The Rainbow, The Hills Have Eyes, Shocker, as well as directing films in other genres like Red Eye, Music Of The Heart (which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar), Paris, je t’aime, and so many more. He redefined the teen horror genre in the 80’s with Nightmare and did it once again with the Scream films in the 90’s. It is also known that he had a real knack for discovering some of the great talents of Hollywood like Johnny Depp (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Sharon Stone (Deadly Blessing), and Bruce Willis (in an 1980’s version of The Twilight Zone) to name a few of the many he has worked with in his whole career.

scream-1996-tou033011-620x400I remember the first time I was introduced to Wes Craven and it was through A Nightmare On Elm Street as Freddy Krueger scared the living daylights out of me to the point that I never wanted to fall asleep. I was spooked even more at night as tree branches used to scratch my windows, but in my head I thought it was Freddy. One of my other favorite films from him was The People Under The Stairs and how chaotic and psychotic that film was from beginning to end. It was thanks to that film that I was scared of basement steps because you never knew what was under them. The other fascinating thing about Wes was the fact that he was able to jump out of the horror genre and be successful at it was a true testament to Wes being one of the all time greats. The influence that he had on me and the slasher genre will forever live on and I thank Wes Craven for that and all the wonderful memories he provided me with his films. Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween will surely miss having the opportunity to review any future films he may have had, but at least we have so many to choose from his past. I want to send my condolences to all his friends and family over the loss of Wes Craven. R.I.P. Wes Craven (8/2/1939- 8/30/2015)

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