Monday, August 31, 2015

"Horror films don't create fear. They erase it." ~ Wes Craven

On August 30, Wes Craven was confirmed dead, to The Hollywood Reporter, by his family.

The film world lost a writer and director so powerful that his filmography could easily just be a list of someone’s favorite films. He created Freddy Krueger, he made Scream (1996) everything it was, he even directed a few of the Twilight Zone (1985-1989) episodes.

Wes Craven is credited with the saying: “Horror films don’t create fear. They release it.” He saw horror as a way to get people to think rationally about whatever they feared. It is likely because of that point of view, that he became such a house-hold name.

Craven introduced his fans to fear and offered them courage after-the-fact. He saw horror as an escape.

Throughout his own health battles, he never stopped believing in movies. He died still in the middle of several projects that will either never be completed, or will be finished by someone else.

There’s no doubt that those projects will be better for him having had any part in them to begin with.

Rest in peace, Wes Craven. 

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