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Waking Nightmares: The Visions of Wes Craven

Throughout his career, Wes Craven created some of the most arresting, disturbing and genuinely haunting moments in horror cinema. That they were contained in some of the genre's most provocative and striking titles, is testament to his power as a filmmaker and a weaver of unsettling dreams... Very  unsettling dreams. Last House on the Left (1972) was Craven's intensely brutal debut The Hills Have Eyes (1977) demonstrated what happens when you stray from the path Deadly Blessing (1981) featured some of Craven's most unnerving imagery and ideas. And starred a fresh-faced Sharon Stone Swamp Thing (1982) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) redefined the slasher film Fred Krueger, a boogeyman for the Eighties Freddy stalks a sleeping Nancy Another haunting vision... Feverish sexual connotations mix with primal fear Nancy turns her back on fear and denies it power over her Deadly Friend (1986) was a disappointing remix of

RIP Wes Craven

RIP Wes Craven (1939-2015) Filmmaker Wes Craven, best known for intelligent and provocative horror titles such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and The Last House on the Left , has died at the age of 76. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away at his home in LA, leaving behind his wife Iya Labunka, and his two children Jonathan and Jessica. Craven’s impact on the landscape of shock cinema came early in his career with searingly gritty and subversive titles such as The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes . These films presented levels of violence and graphic realism in ways rarely seen before. What became clear though was that despite the brutality of his work, Wes Craven’s films were intelligent and strangely philosophical; he frequently addressed themes such as familial strife, generational conflict, class, race, teenage angst, dreams and man-made monsters. While at college he studied literature and psychology before moving on to earn a Master