Filmmaker Wes Craven, considered one of the masters of horror, unexpectedly passed away Sunday evening after his long battle with brain cancer. He may be on his way to meet his creator, but he thankfully left extraordinary works that surpassed the limits of the scare threshold. Due to his versatile creativity, he has spawned countless characters that would definitely haunt you in your sleep.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
This horribly gruesome film about two teenage girls who are taken into the woods and tortured by a gang of murderous thugs was wonderfully crafted that it was banned in other countries for explicit gory scenes, not to mention it was Craven’s debut feature film, which became a box-office hit. Makes you want to think that the filmmaker was really born to terrorize people.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
This film got an X rating and outdid its predecessor. A family vacation turned into a frantic run toward safety—now that’s a plot you would want to watch before your planned trip to Nevada, which was also the setting of the movie. Just don’t get stranded in the desert though.
Swamp Thing (1982)
Despite a noticeable budget limit and a seemingly mainstream moviemaking tactic, this film adaptation of the DC Comic character still sent chills to horror fanatics, comic book fanboys, and conventional movie audience alike.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
If you have heard of Freddy Krueger, then you probably had sleepless nights. What could be scarier than savages? A supernatural entity that could invade your dreams and proceed to kill you in reality, that is. This is considered as Craven’s most successful work that launched him into fame.
Currently a cult favorite, Wes Craven’s Shocker did not reach the box office mainly because of the so-so commercial performance and poor reception of the film. The story is about an executed convict who came back from the grasps of hell to carry out a grudge-driven murder.
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
Basements are a common house feature in the U, but once you get to see this film, you’ll swear to never descend into one ever again. The carnage in this movie is so severe that you’ll have to look away from some of the scenes due to its wickedly perfect representation.
In spite of being in the industry for two decades, Craven still catered to a new era of horror enthusiasts with his blockbuster film Scream. His consistency, through the years, led to the huge accomplishment of this film, which has transcended continuously into different genres and screens.
Red Eye (2005)
Talking about underrated films, Red Eye is a wonderfully crafted flick about an assassination attempt of a terrorist, played by Cillian Murphy, on a typical setting—on a plane. The approach was conventional, but the acting was persuasively convincing, and that actually made the whole movie a must-watch.
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