Known for the “Scream” films, “Nightmare on Elm Street” and more, died Sunday in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer. He was 76.
Craven’s first feature was “The Last House on the Left,” which he wrote, directed an edited in 1972. He also wrote and directed “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” with Johnny Depp, in 1984, as well as “Elm Street II.” Craven claimed to have gotten the idea for Elm Street when living next to a cemetery on a street of that name when growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland. According to Wes Craven, it is not what is “out there” we should worry about, but the “unknown familiar”. Which explains why the striped-jumper worn by Freddy Krueger in Nightmare On Elm Street can make him appear as the more familiar Dennis the Menace. When you consider that Krueger was based on a child who bullied Craven, the spine begins to tingle.
Worldwide success came again in 1996 with the release of the always-winking comedic horror Scream, which had as big an impact on the modern horror scene as Nightmare did, and tons of movies tried to copy the slick direction, twisty plot and genre-based gags. The first scene in Scream was changed seven times before it got an R rating.
His most recent film was 2010’s “My Soul to Take,” starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Emma Roberts and Hayden Pannetierre.
Horror movie fans lost one of the great ones today.
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The directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff and actor Reese Mishler recently appeared on Coast to Coast AM and talked about their just released horror movie The Gallows . Together, over the course of four years, the filmmakers and actor kept shooting and reshooting as The Gallows grew from a little unknown film with clips on YouTube to a Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”) produced film with a major release from New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers. In fact, The Gallows is the lowest budgeted film (made for just $100,000) to ever have such a wide release– opening in over 2,700 theaters in the US on July 10th, and in 62 countries worldwide.
The premise of the movie deals with the re-staging of a high school play–twenty years earlier, a student actor tragically died in a freak accident during the performance. During the show on Coast to Coast, the Director detailed how he edited the film on a home computer. Reese Mishler shared a spooky incident that occurred while filming in an attic at a VA hospital in Fresno — a strange voice whispered his name, and it was not part of the film.
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Adorable in a terrifying kind of way.
Synopsis: An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them. This is the film of their harrowing ordeal. With unprecedented access to the recently declassified tapes the crew had shot in the claustrophobic subway tunnels, we soon discover the terrifying truth of their ordeal.
Cast: Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis, Luke Arnold, and James Caitlin
Directed By: Carlo Ledesma
Written By: Enzo Tedeschi & Julian Harvey
Produced By: Enzo Tedeschi
THE TUNNEL was partly crowdfunded by selling each frame of the film for $1 each and seeded by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey via BitTorrent.
Meh. I’ll probably rent it.