It seems like Wes Craven has taken a lot of flack lately from the horror community, both for the shilling nature of his Twitter feed, and his willingness to remake his own films.
And, I get that. I've always loved Craven though because of the cerebral way that he treats the genre. People forget that before going into horror films Craven was actually a Professor of Humanities. He brings an interesting viewpoint on things, whether or not they always turn out Oscar worthy.
So I enjoyed his thoughts in a recent Interview at Arrow in the Head over fans reactions to his remaking "Last House", and the steps he took to make sure it turned out respectful...
The important thing is just to look at it and realize that this… it’s on you to be… you can be as artistic and deep as you personally can go, and this genre will love you for it. It’s not like you have to be stupid or just have breast flopping around, or whatever the hell it is. It will accept as far down as you can go into meaning and all the other things. So you just treat it with respect. Treat the audience with respect. I think it is an incredibly smart audience. I love trying to trick them because it is very hard to surprise them or not have them figure out what you’re up to. So it’s always that kind of fun mind game.
He also drops some interesting info on his upcoming feature, "25/8".
Wow... this gives me shades of "Shocker", no? If my instinct is right, this could turn out really awesome, or hilariously bad, depending on how you view that last comment. As always, leave those thoughts in the comments.