ByHaider Rifaat, writer at
Actor and writer from Fairfax, Virginia.
Haider Rifaat

The legend of horror Wes Craven known primarily for directing horror/slasher films passed away earlier today. The 76-years old director was reportedly suffering from brain cancer.

Unquestionably, Craven has left a huge legacy behind given his exclusive contribution to the horror film genre. Without a doubt, he has resurrected the core essence of horror and is well known as the 'master of horror.'

Wes Craven has entertained us all throughout his career with films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, a cult classic film of his tenure. Similarly, the Scream films, The Hills Have Eyes, Red Eye, The People Under The Stairs and The Last House On The Left were all gems directed by Craven himself.

Here are the five best horror/slasher films all directed by Wes Craven.

1. A Nightmare On Elm Street

This film had everything; the horror, screams, a great villain and above all, a riveting story line. It centers on a group of friends who are targeted by Freddy Krueger, a modern day killer who hunts his victims in their dreams before consuming them.

Wes Craven was known for A Nightmare On Elm Street film franchise that spawned sequels and a reboot that was produced in the late 2000s. If you really want to watch a Wes Craven film, go for this one!

2. The Hills Have Eyes (Remake)

The Hills Have Eyes is one of those rare cannibalistic horror films that will keep you on your toes. It is fun, thrilling and progressive in terms of the story line. The movie is about a family hunted by blood thirsty cannibals in a remote desert island in New Mexico.

3. Red Eye

If you are looking for some twisted adventure, give Red Eye a chance. It is packed with thrills and has a great cast to go with. This film cannot be classified as horror but it definitely has some unpredictable pop up scenes that will you keep you on the edge of your seat. The film centers on a young woman who is kidnapped by a mysterious man while on a red-eye flight. Be sure to give this thriller a shot!

4. The People Under The Stairs

Perhaps the most unusual Wes Craven film I've come across. This film had a unique plot and good character profiles. It is about three individuals who unknowingly break into a house tenanted by a sister and a brother who share a deadly secret.

5. The Last House On The Left (Remake)

Although, I did not enjoy this film as much as the rest, The Last House On The Left was a good watch overall. The acting was fairly decent but the plot seemed slightly out of place. It is about a group of girls who are held captive by a gang of psychotic criminals.


Which Wes Craven film do you like most?


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