“Wes Craven,…The Monster Is Loose”
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.
Three, four, better lock your door.
Five, six, grab your crucifix.
Seven, eight, gonna stay up late.
Nine, ten, never sleep again.
Wesley Earl “Wes” Craven (born August 2, 1939) is an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films.
“The first monster you have to scare the audience with, is yourself” Wes Craven
He is the creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and also co-wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors with Bruce Wagner, featuring the Freddy Krueger character.
Nancy: I know you’re there, Krueger.
Freddy: You think you was gonna get away from me?
Nancy: I know you too well now, Freddy.
Freddy: And now you die.
Nancy: It’s too late, Krueger. I know the secret now. This is just a dream, too. You’re not alive. The whole thing is a dream. I want my mother and friends again.
Freddy: You what?
Nancy: I take back every bit of energy I ever gave you. You’re nothing. You’re shit.
“If you think you’ll get out alive, You must be dreaming.”
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a 1987 film about Freddy Krueger continuing his murdering, but a group of kids, led by Freddie’s main opponent in the first film (Nancy Thompson), prepares to fight back. Directed by Chuck Russell. Written by Wes Craven, Frank Darabont, Chuck Russell, and Bruce Wagner.
“This is it, Jennifer. Your big break in TV. Welcome to prime time, bitch!” Freddy Krueger
Craven also directed the entire Scream series, featuring Ghostface. Some of his other films include, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Vampire in Brooklyn, Music of the Heart and Red Eye.
“I think horror offer a great metaphor for the working stiffs because they are down in the nitty-gritty, the darkness, scrambling to make a living. There was a point after “Last House On The Left” when I felt trapped in the genre but then I started to see how flexible horror was. I love that about it. I was studying eastern religions when I came up with the idea for Nightmare on Elm Street and really connected with the concept that all these things we think of as being spiritual are actually about very nitty-gritty everyday stuff. What the hell are we doing here? How do we deal evil? It’s amazing what you can talk about”. Wes Craven
Rising out of the mid-western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold visions since the release of his first feature film, The Last House of the Left, which he wrote, directed, and edited in 1972. Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, a film he wrote and directed. And though he did not direct any of its five sequels, he deconstructed the genre a decade later, writing and directing the audacious Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was nominated as Best Feature at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards, and introduced the concept of self-reflexive genre films to the world. In 1996 Craven reached a new level of success with the release of Scream. The film, which sparked the phenomenal trilogy, was the winner of MTV’s 1996 Best Movie Award and grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did Scream 2. Between Scream 2 and Scream 3, Craven, offered the opportunity to direct a non-genre film for Miramax, helmed Music of the Heart (1999), a film that earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. That same year, in the midst of directing, Craven completed his first novel, “The Fountain Society,” published by Simon & Shuster. Recent works include the 2005 psychological thriller, Red Eye, and a short rom-com segment for the ensemble product, Paris Je T’aime. Over the last few years, Craven has also produced remakes of two of his earlier films for his genre fans, The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Last House on the Left (2009). Craven has always had an eye for discovering fresh talent, something that contributes to the success of his films. While casting A Nightmare on Elm Street, Craven discovered the then unknown Johnny Depp. Craven later cast Sharon Stone in her first starring role for his film Deadly Blessing. He even gave Bruce Willis his first featured role in an episode of TV’s mid-80’s edition of The Twilight Zone. In 2010’s My Soul To Take, Craven once again brought together a cast of up-and-coming young teens, including Max Thieriot, in whom he saw the spark of stardom. The film marked Craven’s first collaboration with wife and producer Iya Labunka, who also produced with him the highly anticipated production of Scream 4. Craven’s most recent film, Scream 4 (2011) reunites the director with Dimension Films and Kevin Williamson, as well as with stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, to re-boot the beloved franchise. Craven again exhibits his knack for spotting important talent, with a cast of young actors bringing us a totally new breed of Woodsboro high schoolers, including Emma Robert and Hayden Pannetierre
“I’ve always asked myself throughout my life how I’d react if I were in different situations that you read about or hear about. And mean we live in a world where people do kill one another as part of their daily lives. Who will make war among civilians? How do the machinations of the powerful affect the average person? What will people do but also how will they be changed? I think characters in my movies end up with very tough wisdom, hard earned that makes it impossible for them to go back to being who they were. They survive but who they were before doesn’t”. Wes Craven
“A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren’t so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?” Wes Craven