He gave us Nightmares and Kept us Screaming! RIP Wes Craven

The Horror world awoke to a devastating shock today with the news of the passing of Wes Craven. In a career spanning over 40 years Craven has been an inspiration for genre fans and without him, horror will never be the same again. The legendary director created one of horror’s most iconic monsters in Freddy Krueger and went on to to direct the four films in the slick and post-modern Scream franchise. In the 70’s his début feature The Last House on the Left generated controversy cementing him as a filmmaker that was guaranteed to make his mark.

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Wes Craven’s films were an exercise in pure tension and fear, he pushed his audience to their limits; the gritty rape scene in Last House, Casey Becker’s death in the opening of Scream and Tina’s demise in A Nightmare on Elm Street along with the reveal of Freddy Krueger being just a few examples. His popularity continued in the late 00’s which saw his most iconic films get the remake treatment in mainstream horror, but of course they were no match for the originals! Craven’s legacy will live on through his films and fans. He truly was a Master of Terror.

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RIP Wes Craven, 1939-2015.

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

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2 Responses to “He gave us Nightmares and Kept us Screaming! RIP Wes Craven”

  1. One of the true giants in the Horror genre. It will be a very long time before someone creates films and characters as memorable as the “Nightmare On Elm St.” and “Scream” entities.

    R.I.P., Wes. Thanks for scaring the hell out of us!

  2. […] Twenty years on it’s still very much a significant film and a staple of the genre. Thank you Wes Craven, thank you Kevin Williamson for introducing me to horror and ultimately changing my […]

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