He also helmed ‘The Last House on the Left,’ ‘Red Eye,’ and the Oscar-nominated ‘Music of the Heart.’
It’s a sad day in the world of Horror. Word has gotten around; doubtless you’ve heard by now that legendary writer/director/producer—and above all, visionary—Wes Craven has died. He was 76. I didn’t know he was that old, but I suppose I would have placed his age somewhere in his late 60s or early 70s if I’d stopped to think about it. If you’re like me, you just don’t think about people like Wes as getting older. They tend to stay forever young in your mind. Because they are still VIABLE, see, still POTENT—still DANGEROUS, in the best benign, creative sort of way—and so it only makes sense that they are still young, too. That’s how it seems it should be. Sadly it is not.
Wes will be remembered for his prolific body of work, and the quality of that work. From his debut in the early 70s with THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (not a particularly good film, but an important one, from a psychosocial standpoint) to his reinvention of the genre in the 90s with the SCREAM series; his much-lauded THE HILLS HAVE EYES to his masterpiece, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and its follow-ups, Craven knew how to deliver the goods. He will be missed.