Last weekend we lost a titan of a director in Wes Craven. I grew up on classic films such as The Mummy, Frankenstein, and The Birds. It wasn't until my teens when I was grabbed by the films categorized as slasher films. My introduction was Halloween then followed by another known as A Nightmare On Elm St. I instantly fell in love with the horror genre and it's revolutionary directors. I've seen Wes Craven's other films and became a fan of his works. To hear about his passing was sad to hear and shocking to find it was caused by brain cancer. HIs passing was one that many actors and colleagues felt and were sadden by. Fans around the world of course were shocked to hear it. The horror genre was changed the moment he stepped behind the camera leaving us a legacy of cinematic master pieces.
Wes's most noted film character is of course Freddy Krueger. A character he created based on a true story. This character has frightened movie goers the moment he stepped into frame. Even though this was his 11th movie it is one of his memorable ones. This movie definitely changed the horror genre for years to come; and made me a fan of his and the genre. Other films he is noted for bringing us is The House On the Left 1972, The Hills Have Eyes 1977, Swamp Thing 1982 the list goes on. I went to movies with his name attached that's all. Nothing else about the film was known to me except Wes was involved. Not all of those were good films; but since he was involved I was intrigued. Then a new generation of moviegoers were introduced to Scream. This movie was another genre changing moment. It reminded me of Wes Craven's New Nightmare due to some similarities. If you have not seen any of his films I urge you to give them a look you will not be disappointed. May he Rest In Peace.
A video I did on my You Tube channel:
Here is a list of his top ten grossing films.
10. Pulse (2006) at $20.26 Million (writer)
9. The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007) at $20.80 Million (writer)
8. The People Under The Stairs (1991) at $24.20 Million (writer and director)
7. A Nightmare On Elm St. (1984) at $25.50 Million (writer and director)
6. Scream 4 (2011) at $38.18 Million (director)
5. A Nightmare On Elm St. 3: Dream Warriors (1987) at $44.79 Million (writer)
4. Red Eye (2005) at $57.89 Million (director)
3. Scream 3 (2000) at $89.14 Million (director)
2. Scream 2 (1997) at $101.36 Million (director)
1. Scream (1996) at $ 103.05 Million (director)