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Always The Master (Happy Birthday Wes Craven)



The late great Wes Craven left us in August of 2015, but his legacy in the genre of horror is so strong that his presence is still felt. That's the power of his films and his filmmaking.
Born on August 2nd, 1939, his first start in the film industry was as a sound editor, and under pseudonyms wrote and edited in the adult film industry.
With this type of creative freedom he made his first horror film, 1972's "The Last House On The Left." With his follow-up "The Hills Have Eyes," he cemented his role as 'horror maven.'
In 1984 he created what would be his signature film "A Nightmare On Elm Street," with his signature film creation...the ghoul of dreams Freddy Krueger.
One of the greatest horror concepts of all time, the monster Freddy Krueger hunted the children of Springwood, Ohio and were urged by their frightened parents to never fall asleep.
To this day Freddy Krueger (and the amazing character actor that played him, Mr. Robert Englund) permanently has a place in the history of horror monsters.
Now, for any filmmaker that bit of history would've been enough. But in 1996 he created yet another classic film franchise, the self aware slasher film "Scream."
All at once a scary movie and a spoof film, the brilliant balancing act was a smash hit and like his Nightmare franchise spawned many sequels (and television shows).
My fondest memory of this film was renting it at Blockbuster and watching it with my terrified sister. She was screaming. I was laughing. But we were both enjoying it on different levels and we both consider it a classic. That's the greatness of "Scream." Not many films can be an effective spoof AND scare the pants off of you.
Truly a career to be envied. But I can safely say that just about everyone involved in horror feels nothing but love for Mr. Craven.
Thank you Mr. Craven for your enduring works of terror.





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