On Sunday, August 30th 2015, Wes Craven passed away at the age of 76. In his 40+ year career, he directed some of the genre's most memorable films and wrote even more. In the wake of his passing, we put a note out to some of our writers to share their memories of one of the biggest names in the genre:
"There's not much left to say that hasn't already been said about Wes Craven. He was and will always be a staple in every horror fan's heart and an inspiration to many. I would take 10 more My Soul To Takes just to have his creative genius back in the movie making business for years to come."
- Luke Crum
"Wes Craven was by no means a perfect filmmaker, but he gave us some of horror's most enduring characters and moments. One of my favorites, besides young Johnny Depp getting sucked into that bed, is when Craven himself showed up as Fred the janitor in Scream. It's such a classic wink-wink moment to those who know the genre. As a horror fan it's impossible not to have a tremdous respect and soft spot for him and his work."
- Colin McGlinchey
"Unlike many of my colleagues here at Bloody Good Horror, I came to horror relatively late in life. For this reason, Wes Craven became a part of my life in a very atypical way. My first memory of being aware of him as other than just a director of note was when he directed a segment in one of my favorite anthology films called Paris Je T’aime. The film features short films from several directors of note and tells several stories about the many faces of love. Craven’s short was always one of my absolute favorites in the bunch and part of that is because of how strikingly different it was from what I expected from a director of horror films. I may not love everything Craven has ever done, and I’m certain I’m not alone there, but when he was on he was really on. His versatility and range (from the silly snark of Freddy to the brutal horror of Last House on the Left) was always exciting to watch, even when the results weren’t all that you hoped for."
- Sophie Day
"Craven really knew how to reach the terrors of middle America and exploit them to our own delight. The People Under the Stairs is one of the first horror movies I remember seeing as a child and have forever been terrified of those living in and under my house; then in my teens it was his meta masterpiece of the Scream franchise and I will forever love the self aware and snarky banter alongside the gushing of blood. Craven was one of the greats and will be truly missed."
- CC Stapleton
"I saw the original A Nightmare on Elm Street when I was very young, not long after seeing Halloween. I didn't understand that different directors made horror movies; I honestly thought they were made by an evil corporation to collectively scare us all. Older, I saw Scream and absolutely loved it. Tense, smart, and fun all rolled into one was what made that movie so brilliant. I think like myself, most people want to create something like that. Wes did that. He did that with Freddy and Ghostface. He tried that with other characters, but at least he tried. Now that I understand his impact as a director and can distinguish his films from others, I have to give my thanks to how much he changed horror and horror fans."
- Evan Slead
- Eric Newell