When I heard of the passing of Wes Craven, I was pretty damn hungover in the city with my best mate, needless to say I was devastated. Right now is the first time that I have been able to sit and write with a clear head it wouldn’t do my favourite director justice to at least not write something.
Being born in the 80s with the television often being my parent when my mother would vanish for a day or two on one of her “outings”, I was enlightened with Wes Craven and his marvellous creation that is Freddy Krueger at a very young age. Probably too young but that’s questionable parenting for you.
The first time I ever felt fear from a movie was A Nightmare on Elm Street, and ever since I’ve not only been a fan of the series but also a major lover of the horror genre especially any film that had Wes Craven’s name attached to it. For me he was like a family member that even though I never got to meet, made a rather huge impact on my life.
Wes Craven is the one true king of horror and to put it simply, our nightmares have never been the same because of him. The world truly lost one of the greats with his passing and the film industry has now probably just got a lot more shittier without him.
While he may no longer be with us, he does leave behind a legacy of horror that spans over 30 years we will never forget and will continue watching for decades to come.
Starting with The Last House on the Left in 1972 he racked up over 27 directing credits, concluding with his last film and final instalment to his beloved and highly successful Scream franchise with Scream 4 in 2011. It goes without saying there’s a few hits there. So in celebration of the true King of Horror, here are seven must see films that celebrate the amazing talent that is Wes Craven.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Hills have Eyes (1977)
The Swamp Thing (1982)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
RIP Wes Craven our dreams will never be the same without you!