Wes Craven


Monster Mania 4
By Adam Blasucci
8/29/2005
Saturday I went to Monster Mania 4! I met Director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream) one of my Horror director idols And directors. I got his autograph on my copy of Scream on DVD. I stayed for his Q&A session excellent time. I found out that there were plans to possibly make a Scream 4, but Wes truly feels that Scream is a Trilogy and shouldn’t go on. He was a Baptist; he could not view Movies including horror movies until graduates. Then he was blown away by the power of film. He was a teacher for a few years, then went on film jobs such as editing. After that He went on to make his first film a cautionary revenge tale The Last House on the Left. His friend Shaun S. Cunningham produced the film. He talked about the rest of his career. He also talked about his current movie in theaters Red Eye. I had a similar childhood I was only allowed child friendly monster movies like Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. As a child I used to be afraid of Freddy and Jason. When I became a teenager I started watching all kinds of horror films. Now I have a true fascination with everything Horror such as Slasher, monster, supernatural and psychological thrillers. Most of Wes Craven’s ideas come from newspaper articles he’s read including A Nightmare on Elm Street. Where he what he read About the case of teenagers mysteriously dying In his sleep. Really scary stuff.

Update: 8/31/2013
Wes Craven 1939-8/30/2015
Last night we lost one of the greatest film directors and horror film director.
Wes Craven passed away from brain cancer last night at 76 years old. I was lucky enough to meet him and get his autograph at Monster Mania 4. He was a very nice man, was very intelligent and had a great sense of humor, and he told me Adam I know you from Adam.
We lost an important, intelligent and funny voice of the horror movie. We learned from his films The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes and A Nightmare on Elm Street showed us that sometimes if good people take the law into their own hands they also become the monster or the villain of the story. We should not let tragedies transform us into vengeful monsters just as bad as the monstrous killers of each movie. A Nightmare on Elm Street also showed us that sometimes the sins of the father are visited upon the children, or the dream demon bites the children on the ass. He truly made an iconic horror, maniac Freddy Krueger based on Was frightening vision of homeless man outside his apartment window as a child.

Here are my favorite Wes Craven films: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Swamp Thing, Wes Craven’s A New Nightmare, The Scream trilogy, The Serpent and the Rainbow Cursed, Red Eye, The People Under the Stairs, My Soul to Take, Stranger in Our House/ Summer of Fear TV Movie with Linda Blair, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left Up and The Shocker.
Wes our nightmares will never be the same without you.
I did a little shopping mostly superhero fair including Craven’s Swamp Thing, which is a monster film with a scientist turned into a heroic monster. I sat for a few other Q&A’s for Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects and director-producer Sean S. Cunningham director of Friday the 13th. Someone asked, “Why a hockey mask?” Cunningham said it could’ve been any kind of mask. Jason basically is a faceless monster a representation of evil. “… The Bogeyman!” It was a great night of horror. My father who really isn’t into scary things told me Frankenstein’s monster truly scared the expletive out of him. (Friday the 13th was filmed in Blairstown New Jersey) I consider Nightmare and Friday to be the premier horror film franchises, with Halloween in a close second. Listening to both directors certainly clarifies it. I’ve watched about 1000 hours of horror films. And many franchises truly fall flat on their face. They seem to consistently Forget tone of the original film become silly or totally forget the first film. I am not alone with my fascination on all things scary. There must’ve been a few thousand-horror fans at the convention. I’m not a weirdo!