I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Wes Craven tonight (1939-2015). Craven is one of the masters of the horror film and is the only director I can think of that made classic horror films in three consecutive decades (70s The Hills Have Eyes, 80s A Nightmare On Elm Street, 90s Scream).
I can’t think of any other director who directed all the films within a franchise (Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4), which undoubtedly was the reason why all of them were so consistently good.
Between the bold independent statement that began in 1972 with Last House on the Left, his smart storytelling always ran through his work; the hardly seen TV Movies Invitation to Hell & Chiller, his underappreciated teen love story Deadly Friend and continued in the excellent Serpent and the Rainbow and potent People Under The Stairs. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare set the stylish self-referential tone he’d further explore with writer Kevin Williamson in Scream
Even his TV work was worth mentioning as his episodes in the Twilight Zone in the mid-80s stood out were some of the best of that recommissioned series.
Though “The Professor” has moved on, his work will love forever and his legacy will be carried by filmmakers that will carry the torch he lit so brightly over the past 40+ years.