Remembering Wes Craven; A Career of Nightmares

Brennan Griffin, Review Editor

On August 30th, 2015 the legendary filmmaker Wes Craven passed away due to brain cancer. Craven was 76 years old and spent a large portion of his lifetime creating some of the most iconic horror movies. He was the man behind classics such as The Hills Have Eyes(1977), The Last House on the Left(1972), Scream(1996) and A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984). Many of the films he was behind are considered to be some of the scariest horror movies of all time. Wes Craven’s film career began with The Last House on the Left where he first introduced many of his recurring themes such as creating a close connection between the landscape and his characters. The most financially successful of Craven’s films are the Scream movies with the first one grossing over $170 million. Another notable action of Wes Craven was launching the career of Johnny Depp by casting him in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Wes Craven’s films were very influential and inspired many horror movies to follow. The director had a passion for all of his movies and would do anything he could to see his creations on screen. When all the studios turned down A Nightmare on Elm Street he kept going until he found a studio that would help him make what would be his most iconic film. Craven knew how to create a memorable horror movie villain with his best being Freddie Krueger and The Ghostface Killer(Scream Series). His films have stood the test of time and still scare people today. Wes Craven was a legendary filmmaker and an important icon for horror movies. It would be impossible for one to say that the face of horror was not forever changed by this man. Wes Craven was an amazing filmmaker that many, including myself, looked up to and will be missed. Thank you, Wes Craven, for all the cheesy kill lines, every disturbing image, and every nightmare.