There are few filmmakers today that managed to change an entire genre, but Wes Craven managed to do just that in the many decades he was a master writer and filmmaker.

I remember seeing a very creepy film at just eight years old called The Serpent and the Rainbow.  This is one of the films that made me interested in horror.  At the time I did not know that some of my personal favourite horror films that I would see over the next ten years – A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Last House on the Left – were all made by the same filmmaker.

The horror genre would not be what it is today without Wes Craven.  And it is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Mr. Craven, who lost his battle with cancer Sunday at age 76.  But his legacy will live on in the strong characters, terrifying villains – Freddy Krueger and Ghostface to just name two – and fantastic films that are still being talked about today.

Written by Edward Boxler

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