When famed horror director Wes Craven passed last week, many members of the filmmaking community were saddened by the titan’s passing.
One of those members, acclaimed director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead), gave a proper tribute to Craven on his personal website. Describing Craven as one of his major muses, Wright explained how the horror director influenced and inspired him as a filmmaker.
Wright wrote that his first Wes Craven film was A Nightmare on Elm Street, and described what made it such a special entry in the horror genre.
“The first ‘Nightmare’ quickly became a landmark horror movie and what distinguished it then is what still marks it out as a classic now. It’s the sheer twisted imagination of the premise; the idea of lucid waking nightmares bleeding into the real world makes Freddy Kruger a much more formidable and interesting foe than any of his slasher rivals,” Wright wrote.
Wright’s lengthy tribute, which you can read in full here, runs through a majority of Craven’s filmography. It offers interesting commentary on Craven’s films, along with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Wright and Craven’s few interactions.
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