wescraven-freddy-gloveI have to say, the news of legendary film director Wes Craven’s passing came as a bit of a shock.  Part of me wondered if it was a bit of internet trickery as it tends to do now and again, but no, sadly, the rumors are true.  Wes Craven, the man most noted for creating one of horror’s most notable characters in modern cinema, has ceased breathing, but in no way is he gone, nor will he be forgotten.  Even people who don’t follow horror know who Freddy is, (even if they didn’t know the name of the man who spawned him).  He created so much more than the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, he also wrote and directed scads of other films that fall under the realm of horror…some more so than others.  Here is a list of 10 other Wes Craven goodies you may want to check out this week as a nod to one man’s legacy:

Last House On the Left (1972)1 – Last House On the Left (1972)

Two girls in search of pot get a whole lot more than they bargained for when kidnapped by a bunch of psychotic savages. (intense viewing for some – trigger warning, contains sexy bad).

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)2 – The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

A family’s ride breaks down in the middle of nowhere on their way to California.  (also a little tense – trigger warning – contains inbred mutants).

Swamp thing3 – Swamp Thing (1982)

Based off the comic book, a scientist goes Boom! and Swamp Thing is born.  Oh, and for those older folks, Adrienne Barbeau is the lady fair.   (ranked much lower on the yipes scale as the others noted above).

Deadly Friend (1986)4 – Deadly Friend (1986)

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the people you love, but not so hard at making friends…an 80’s Frankenstein story. (way low on the yipes-o-meter).

The Serpent and The Rainbow (1988)5 – The Serpent and The Rainbow (1988)

Who do that voodoo?  Not super scary, but when I saw this in the theatre every man jumped at one particular moment. (low on the yipes-o-meter pretty much otherwise).

Shocker (1989)6 – Shocker (1989)

A criminal gets the chair and becomes a TV sensation! (not so yipes, but way up there on the hokey-cheese-o-meter).

people under the stairs7 – The People Under The Stairs (1991)

A couple in search of the perfect child.  The rest get dumped into the cellar.  (not esp. yipey, but a few, oh, my!s).

Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)8 – Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)

Um, Eddie Murphy as a vampire.  (pretty much yipes-free, but hokey-cheese laden).

scream-ghostface9 – Scream (1996)

My favorite WC movie next to Nightmare’s original.  This one turned horror movies on its ear and back in on itself. (contains a fair amount of fun and a yipes! or two).  Such a fun classic and the one I would recommend out of all of these!!

My Soul To Take (2010)10 – My Soul To Take (2010)

Someone is out to make sure 7 kids won’t be seeing their next birthday (not the best, by far, but has your basic blood and jumps).

 

I have to say, publicly, thank you Wes for giving this little horror monkey plenty of things to swing on from my twisted childhood on!!  You have become a vibrant and influential thread in the tapestry of my life!