So I hate that this post is so late but I've been having computer issues but finally here are my thoughts on the death of Wes Craven. I wrote this right after I found out so it is kind of emotional but I just haven't been able to post it until now. It's not very long but here is what I wrote:
So this is going to be a very personal and emotional post. This isn't my typical Top 5 obviously. I'm going to talk about a personal hero of mine and the impact he had on my life. I just learned a few minutes ago that Wes Craven died. This was heartbreaking news for me because I feel that I owe my life to him. Horror films are literally my life and the film that got me into horror was Wes Craven's A Nightmare On Elm Street.
I'm not saying that without it I never would have gotten into horror but I definitely wouldn't have gotten into at as early of an age or a quickly. One of my fondest childhood memories is watching A Nightmare On Elm Street for the first time. My mother thought I was too young to view it so I rented it while staying at a friend's house. Not only did I get to enjoy watching what later became my favourite slasher film but I got the joy of doing something I wasn't supposed to. From that moment on I was a horror junkie, sneaking gore filled thrills every chance I got. My childhood would have been much more dark and depressing if it had not been for Wes Craven.
To get really personal here, when I was younger I dealt with suicidal thoughts, depression, and anxiety. It's probably safe to say I might not have made it through that if it were not for the horror films I loved. And Wes Craven is what got me into them so I feel he saved my life in a way. He never knew it but he did. I've already shed tears just writing this and I know I will shed more.
Wes Craven, you are my hero and your legacy will live far longer than any man or woman ever could. It truly breaks my heart I will never be able to shake your hand and thank you for giving me the most precious thing in my life, horror films. You are a true bad-ass and I love you. Rest in peace.
Well that was my short thoughts on Wes Craven's death. I hope it wasn't too corny (laughs). Anyway I know I'm not the only person who's life he impacted so I know he will me missed.