WES CRAVEN, one of the greatest and most influential horror directors of all time, and also one of my favorite filmmakers, has died at the age of 76 from brain cancer.
Not only was he one of the most original, most versatile filmmakers in horror history, he also had a bouncebackability that was sheer incredible. I assume "Every cloud has its silver lining" was his own personal motto. He tried out many, many things, from slasher to splatter to horror-comedy to action to drama etc. etc. Some things worked, some didn't work at all - but after every setback, he re-invented himself and came back with something new and fresh, at times something completely groundbreaking.
His best known works are the ones that launched whole franchises, like the "Scream" Quadrilogy [he directed all 4 parts ("Scream" 1996 / "Scream 2" 1997 / "Scream 3" 2000 / "Scream 4" 2011) and produced the 2015 "Scream" TV series], the "Hills Have Eyes" films [he directed the first 2 parts (1977 + 1984), co-produced the 1995 semi-sequel "The Outpost", the 2006 remake and its 2007 sequel] and, of course, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" [he wrote and directed part 1 and part 7 (1984 + 1994), wrote and produced part 3 (1987)]. Also worth noting: his creations Freddy Krueger ("Elm Street") and Ghostface ("Scream) became two of the most popular horror icons of all time!
Other fabulous works: his controversial debut "The Last House on the Left" (1972), the DC comic-book adaptation "Swamp Thing" (1982), the bizarre, yet highly entertaining "Deadly Friend" (1986), the criminally underrated "The Serpent and the Rainbow" (1988), the similarly underrated "The People Under the Stairs" (1991) and the surprisingly intense "Red Eye" (2005).
Underwhelming works like "Shocker" (1989) or "Vampire in Brooklyn" (1994), as well as several of his odd made-for-TV works such as "Invitation To Hell" (1984) or "Chiller" (1985)... these are all forgiven, because overall, his filmography is greater than the sum of its parts and his entire 5-decade output is simply impressive.
Since his last feature "Scream 4" (2011), I was waiting patiently for him to create at least one more film. Another sequel to one of his franchises, a big-budget blockbuster, a low-budget indie flick... damn, just one final film. But his time was over before he could fulfill my wish, and the wish of millions of other Craven-fans *sigh* It's so sad. Just yesterday, me and my gf rewatched "A Nightmare on Elm Street" for the umpteenth time... and just a couple of hours later, we got the news that the horror genre's friendliest face is dead. I'm devastated.
Rest in Peace, Wes Craven. I will miss you very, very much :-(
1939 - 2015