The passing of Wes Craven filled us all with sadness. This legendary director and writer redefined the slasher film genre. He raised a new hell by injecting an unsettling amount of violence. From the Scream movies to Last House on the Left to A Nightmare on Elm Street and so much more, Wes was a master at his craft.
Craven made a huge impact on so many people's lives, especially those that got to work with him.
Screenwriter Kevin Williamson had the incredible opportunity to work with Wes Craven on four Scream movies.
He has fond memories of their first meeting.
''I remember my first work meeting with Wes. I had been summoned to his home. He had just become the official director of Scream, and he had notes on my script. I got lost on my way to his house in the hills. I was late. I was so nervous, I was visibly shaking. This is the Master of Horror. What if he's a real horror? What if he hates my script? But he wasn't, and he didn't. His notes were production concerns and typos. He was very thoughtful, kind and sweet with a gentle, quiet nature.
I remember the props he had around his house, little memories from his previous films. There was a stuffed dog from The People Under the Stairs, the Freddy gloves with finger blades enclosed under glass. I did everything I could do not to fan-boy freak on him. His house was a Wes Craven museum. I was in heaven. He said making a movie was a huge undertaking. Each project is comprised of blood, sweat and tears. The props were his memories of each unique experience.''
Scream was his first film
''‘Scream’ was my first film, my first set experience. I was a virgin. There’s one on every show, and I was the one on ‘Scream’. And Wes embraced me from the start. He let me be a part of the process. I didn’t know at the time that this was unheard of on a set. Most directors would have grown annoyed by the writer dogging their every step, asking questions, whispering constantly in the background — but Wes allowed it. He said it was exciting to see my enthusiasm, and it was always nice to have “set virgins” for this very reason. They’re contagious. They remind everyone why we’re here — to make magic. I’ve never forgotten that.''
Neve Campbell played Sidney Prescott in Scream and has fun memories of working with Craven.
''I'm hidden in a closet, crouched down, covered in corn syrup, hyperventilating. I hear Wes Craven's normally soft voice boom through the wall behind me as he screams, "Action!" I leap out of the closet heaving my body toward Skeet Ulrich and dig the end of an umbrella into Skeet's chest as he flies backward, thumping to the floor seemingly dead while blood oozes out of a gaping hole in his ribs. We cut, and from behind the monitor I hear a childlike giggle. Wes is beside himself. He can't stop laughing. His over-6-foot-3 figure and long limbs float into the room like a gazelle as he chuckles away. "That was great," he says with a boyish excitement.
Wes Craven loved to play! On set, he was like a kid in a candy store. He loved what he did, he was great at it, and he was grateful for it. You could feel that across the room from him — gratitude, elation, a childlike enthusiasm mixed with a quiet but steadfast confidence.''
''Our lives would not be what they are without having worked with Wes. The love and passion came from the top, and it shines through in the quality of his work. He was a true innovator. From The Last House on the Left to A Nightmare on Elm Street to Scream. Wes has horrified and entertained millions for decades. His films have been and will continue to be touted as some of the greatest of their genre, and his crews and cast will continue to remember him as one of the best.
Rest in peace, Wes! We'll continue to watch your films and not sleep peacefully at all.''
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