Wes Craven – A Tribute

Wes CravenBorn: 2 August 1939
Died: 30 August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pioneer of the slasher genre of film, Wes Craven, died on Sunday 30 August 2015.

He began his career in film as a sound editor for a post-production company in New York and his early involvement with film involved editing and scriptwriting, predominantly in the pornographic film industry. His directorial debut came with the controversial film The Last House on the Left (1972), followed by The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and Swamp Thing (1982).

Craven recreated the teen horror genre of films with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), his best known film, in which he launched the career of Johnny Depp by giving him his first major film role and the Scream franchise of films.

Much of Craven’s work shared the common theme of reality, such as the consequences of dreams bleeding into real life in the Nightmare on Elm Street films, a man who struggles to distinguish between nightmare visions and reality in The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) and the self-aware Scream (1996) where characters reference other horror films in relation to their own situation. This was one of the first films to acknowledge that, in most cases, the audience knows more than the characters do about the pitfalls of horror films.

Although he is best known for his work in the horror genre, Craven directed two films that were outside of this with Music of the Heart (1999) and Paris, je t’aime (2006).

Craven will forever be remembered for the creation of one of the most iconic characters in the history of horror, that of Freddy Krueger – who will haunt our dreams forever.

 

 

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