John Says Goodbye To Wes Craven

Wes Craven 1939-2015

            How could I possibly sum up my thoughts on Wes Craven? Simply put, I guess I would say brilliance. I remember seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street for the first time and being scared to death. This is what put Wes on my own personal radar. As gigantic as Freddy Krueger has become, there is no Freddy without the mastermind, Wes Craven.

Prior to A Nightmare of Elm Street, I was a pretty big fan of Swamp Thing, but was too young to really care about who actually made movies; I just enjoyed the movies themselves. When I got a little older and realized that Swamp Thing was a Wes Craven movie, I was not surprised at all.

            We must not forget the less mainstream, but equally brilliant films like The People Under The Stairs, The Last House on The Left, Shocker, The Hills Have Eyes and countless others that have filled theater seats and horror fans’ DVD collections for many, many years. Wes Craven was truly and sincerely horror personified. He was an absolutely brilliant horror movie mind.

            And then there’s the blockbuster Scream franchise. Wes’ new take on the horror genre turned the modern horror movie on its ear with a new spin. It was brilliant, new, fresh and absolutely fantastic. Most importantly, Scream was just plain old scary. He was able to make a horror movie truly terrifying and kind of funny at the same time, which was not an easy task. Scream is now a highly successful television show and that is all owed to the mind of Wes Craven.

            I am saddened by the passing of one of my horror heroes. I obviously didn’t know the man, but I truly feel like I grew up with him to a certain degree. Since I was a pretty young boy and throughout basically every stage of my life I have been watching (and loving) Wes’ movies. I feel incredible sadness for his family and for his fans around the world. The horror universe and all who love the genre have lost one of the best in the business and the reality is that there is no replacing Wes Craven. He was, is, and always will be a true Master of Horror and Icon.

We’re really going to miss you, Mr. Craven.

Rest in Peace.

John Ellsworth