In Dreams: Remembering Wes Craven
@Ventspleen2014 pays tribute...
"1,2 Freddy's coming for you" With the sad news that Wes Craven has passed away, David Martin pays tribute to a horror maestro that never forgot his fans...
Wes Craven was one of a kind and we will never ever see his like again. No one in the horror community would argue with this statement, Wes Craven has brought to life some of the most memorable and instantly recognisable characterisations that have ever graced the screen. Horror fans of all ages know what to expect when the fedora wearing, razor sharp fingered but oh so witty Freddy appears on the screen. What is amazing is that Wes was only involved on the first two Nightmare on Elm Street films initially, but by the time we arrive at New Nightmare he had so successfully fixed Krueger into our psyche that the series just kept on going. Brilliantly casting the gently spoken Robert Englund was also an act of genius and Englund loved every second of screen time as good old
Wes Craven will be remembered by all that worked with him as a generous and inspirational man that encouraged exploration of character. Clear of vision but also focused in his belief that his vision should be shared and added to. In an age where film makers can so often behave like petty minded dictators on set it was refreshing that Craven never ever fitted this mould. My love of horror was boosted into the stratosphere by Craven's films and my nightmares will not be the same without him. Today, I am devastated because we have lost another film maker that wasn't afraid to push the envelope and always to strive for new visions. But, more than that, I feel like i have lost my mentor, Craven was someone who I could always rely on to deliver. In a film world of sequels and endless rehashes on the same theme, Craven leaves a gaping, bloody wound that just wont ever heal. I'm gonna miss you but sleep well, sir.
|Wes Craven August 2nd 1939- August 30th 2015|