By Sean Tuohy
Wes Craven brought nightmares to life with his passion for filmmaking and storytelling. He was to blame for the fear that swelled inside of us when we heard a bump in the night after watching one of his movies.
Craven passed away last night after a long battle with brain cancer. He’ll live on though his awe-inspiring body of work that made us stay awake and carefully watch the shadows.
It was a challenge, but the Writer's Bone crew picked the top five Wes Craven-directed films.
5. “Red Eye”
“Red Eye” wasn’t a blood-soaked horror fest, but featured Craven's journey into thriller filmmaking with this Hitchcock-esque movie set on a plane. Most of the 90-minute movie is spent with two people on an airplane. A villainous hit man threatens a hotel manager into helping him with a high profile assassination. It’s an edge of your seat film that hits the ground running.
4. “The Serpent and the Rainbow”
Craven's film of modern day voodoo hit a cord with everyone in the theater. The chill-inducing scene featuring man screaming, “I'm not dead," as he is buried alive is one of the most horrific scenes caught on film.
Pure imagination and pure Craven. A deadly mix of spiritual and horror were fused together in this tale of good versus evil. A serial killer turns himself into pure energy and uses the television to kill his victims. A high student who lost his family to the killer sets out to catch him. The film is a high concept idea with a dash of pure emotion.
2. “The Hills Have Eyes”
An early Craven film, “The Hills Have Eyes,” asked one of the most basic human questions: What would you do to stay alive? Pinning a family in an RV against blood-thirsty desert killers, the film struck a chord with horror fans early on. Craven made sure to keep the film grounded, which makes it that much harder to watch.
1. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
One name: Freddy Krueger. With this film, Craven made himself into a master storyteller. A disfigured serial killer finds his victims while they are sleeping? Does it get scarier than that? Bloody and outside of this realm, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is considered a classic film.