Remembering horror master Wes Craven

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Scream
Ghostface from “Scream” was one of Wes Craven’s most memorable villains.

While Stephen King is often hailed as the “king” of horror writing, Wesley Earl “Wes” Craven was definitely the master of scary movies. The film director, writer, producer, and actor was best known for creating the nightmare-inducing A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and directing all four Scream slasher films. Recently, he passed away at the age of 76, after battling brain cancer.

The Scream film series grossed over $600 million, scaring the heck out of movie audiences in the 90s. The frights also came with plenty of tongue-in-cheek comedy poking fun at horror movie themes, and the surprise reveal of the villain(s) at the end of each Scream was always a huge plot twist.

In fact, Craven’s Scream gave birth to the spooky “Ghostface” costumes you see on Halloween, since the knife-wielding lunatics loved to wear it while terrorizing the neighborhood.

Craven’s other films include My Soul to TakeThe Hills Have EyesThe Last House on the Left, and Red Eye. However, few movie monsters are as iconic as Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street. He literally gave moviegoers nightmares, because his gruesomely burned character would stalk people’s dreams with a deadly clawed hand. Few can forget his striped red-and-green sweater, creepy voice, and dark brown fedora.

Images courtesy of www.wescraven.com.