Monday, August 31, 2015

One Wes Craven Film Nobody Seems to Remember

Wes Craven directed more than just horror films including "Music of the Heart."
Meryl Streep in 1999's Music of the Heart. (Miramax)
It's sort of crazy to know that Wes Craven, who grew up in a strict Baptist family and wasn't allowed to see any movies of any sort, later become known as one the great leaders in the horror genre. Craven has been credited for creating some of Hollywood's scariest films and characters. He created Freddy Krueger and his nightmares, people living under the stairs and the entire Scream series.

In 1972, Craven began his career in horror with The Last House on the Left with Sean Cunningham.

“It was totally coincidence. My mother wouldn’t even let me read DC Comics,” Craven said in an interview with AV Club. “It was just that Sean had some guys with some money who wanted to make a movie that was interesting, and it had to be scary. I literally remember a conversation along the lines of, 'Sean, I don’t know anything about making a scary movie.'” Somehow he managed to do just fine.

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