A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★★

Wes Craven
August 2, 1939 - August 30, 2015

By this time Wes Craven had already made The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes and the underrated Deadly Blessing while going on after to make several other films I loved, but even though it's a painfully obvious one to chose to honor him, I picked this one because of how important it was to his career and horror in general.

This movie not only put Craven on the map, but it also did the same for New Line Cinema who were suffering financially at the time. People take for granted that we have horror icons, but they aren't that easy to create, not the REAL ones and this film gave us a real one and it was directed by one.

I just finished introducing my stepdaughter to the Scream films last month and it's occurring to me now that he is responsible for some people's earliest memories in horror spanning multiple generations. He's made great films in every decade he's worked from the 70s right up to his last film Scream 4 in 2011, which I have to admit I loved.

I'm not going to wax on and pretend that every film he made was a gem, but more so then not they were good, some damn great even. More importantly though to horror fans of my generation, Wes Craven was there from the very beginning giving us wonderful nightmares and we took comfort in knowing he was always there.

If he wasn't directing films, he was producing them, sometimes remakes of his own films or doing television or just making cameo appearances in his friends movies or shows. The point is this soft spoken kind man was always active in this genre we love as fans and now he's gone.

People often say that the 70s/80s were the last time horror icons emerged referring to characters like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers, but in truth it's not just the characters that have become a rarity to reach that status, it's also the actors and directors. Wes Craven was one such director, a real horror icon.

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