All of show biz is mourning the news of the passing of writer/director/producer WES CRAVEN, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 76. The man behind some of the most successful contemporary horror franchises in film history, CRAVEN left his mark in the history books beginning with the shockingly exploitive LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (which was released in theaters exactly 43 years ago today on 8/30/72) through such landmark series as THE HILLS HAVE EYES, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and SCREAM.
A former university professor, CRAVEN left the world of academia for a job directing theatrical porn (using pseudonyms) before moving on to more ‘acceptable’ work.
The undisputed king of the horror game, CRAVEN worked outside of the genre a few times (MUSIC OF THE HEART, PARIS, J’TAIME) but always returned to the material he felt most comfortable with.
Over the years, we sat down with WES CRAVEN many times but it was during an interview in 1990 that he confided that, even though he wanted to try other things, horror films allowed him the elasticity to do almost anything. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
WES CRAVEN 1939 – 2015
Posted By Bob Healy