Yesterday the genre and industry of Horror lost a great pioneer in Wes Craven. (Died 08/30/2015) Wes started directing films in the 70s with shockers like The Last House on the Left (1972) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977) starring the iconic actor Michael Berryman as Pluto. But it was in the 1980s where Craven’s work bloomed. Using a film style that focused on how people perceive reality or what the concept of reality really was Wes took us deep into our subconscious minds – kicking and screaming all the way.
1984s Nightmare on Elm Street may be the more famous of Craven’s works in the 80s with burned Freddy Krueger attacking High School students in their dreams while they sleep. The film pushed the limits of special effects in a very organic way long before digital animation. Making this film series seem more realistic for the viewers. The film also debuts now acting superstar Johnny Depp – you heard of him right?
And while many others may know Wes Craven for the more recent success of the Scream films and tv show, my all time favorite Craven film has got to be 1988s The Serpent and the Rainbow – based on the non-fiction book of the same name. The story is a traditional Haitian Zombie (they are not all from Atlanta or LA) film that leads a Boston anthropologist to the locale to acquire a drug for use in the medical field. When he ignores the local Witch Doctor’s warnings. The doctor descends into a realm of madness and death. If you never saw this film, I highly suggest you do so.
The film world is going to miss Wes Craven and it needs a lot more like him. May he scare the angels above eternally. Rest In Peace.
*images acquired off the internet – various sources
reference page – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Craven
2015-08-31 1:48:36 PM