The horror community pays tribute to the legend that is Wes Craven, R.I.P


Ask any horror fan if they know the name Wes Craven, and the answer will be a loud and prod “yes”. The new generation of horror fanatics know him by way of his genre defining horror Scream, while the older generation of horror fans (like myself) will remember Craven’s magical days when he re-invented horror with A Nightmare on Elm Street.

I can’t imagine there is a horror fan on the planet who does not know the name Freddy Krueger, and it was thanks to Craven that this vicious, often hilarious monster invaded our nightmares for decades. Proud horror fans will pass films like A Nightmare on Elm Street on to new genre fans, telling them that this was from a time when horror was exciting, and Craven was one of a handful who lead the way.

He already made a name for himself before Elm Street with the classic cannibal horror The Hills Have Eyes, and the controversial The Last House on the Left. However, one of my personal favourite Craven films was his voodoo chiller The Serpent and the Rainbow, which came after the heights of Elm Street.

It’s fair to say that the Master of Horror defined the genre for many generations, and he was, and always will be beloved by not just horror fans, but film fans the world over. The news of Craven’s passing, at the age of 76, shocked the movie world. Craven died of brain cancer, and a little piece of the horror community died with him, but his legacy, his influence and his spirit will live on in our genre for ever.

Tributes have come from all different walks of the film world, and rightly so, so let’s take a look at a few:

American McGee spoke about the failed video game-to-film adaptation of American McGee’s Alice, also explaining that Craven’s cancer may have been a part of his life for many, many years:

Sad news today on the passing of Wes Craven. I didn’t know him well, but did have the pleasure of working with him in the early stages of “Alice” feature film development. This was back in 2001, when we’d just optioned the Alice rights to Miramax/Dimension, attached Wes as director, and attracted the writing talents of a young John August. At that time it was the early stages of Wes’s battle with cancer that derailed the project. Here’s hoping Wes has gone to a better Wonderland. His talents and creativity were unique.

Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, issued the following statement:

I am heartbroken at the news of Wes Craven’s passing. We enjoyed a 20 year professional relationship and more importantly a warm and close friendship. He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever. My brother and I are eternally grateful for all his collaborations with us. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Matt Wavish
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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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