Rest in Peace , Wes Craven. Thanks for the Spooks

There are horror films and then there are the Wes Craven movies. If you comprise the lot of people who love a hair-raising, nail-biting and fear-inducing horror or slasher film, then Craven’s movies must undoubtedly figure in your list of favorites. The horror maestro was suffering from cancer and finally passed away on August 30. He was 76. The Craven movies though that are beyond extraordinary will continue to amaze, shock and scare for a long time to come. As fans mourn the sudden demise of the man who gave the world one of its worst nightmares with Freddy Krueger, it’ll be rather difficult to list a selective few movies from an incredible filmography that was his. Nevertheless, we put down some of our favorite picks.

The Last House on the Left 
Appalling and controversial, thanks to the movie’s gory content, Craven‘s directorial debut The Last House on the Left was a box office success. He wrote, directed and edited this rape-revenge movie, which took the world by storm with a plot that was unlike anything the world had known of before. The sheer brutality made the audience squirm but not before hailing the effort. The movie met with a lot of rave reviews from the critics and the performances of actors Sandra CasselLucy GranthamDavid A. HessFred Lincoln and Jeramie Rain were highly lauded.
The Hills Have Eyes
Another shocker for the audience with its gore content, violence and a mind blowing plot, The Hills Have Eyes featured a family on a road trip that is stranded in a desert and are attacked by mutants. The film became a raging success and an eventual cult classic
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The movie made Freddy Krueger a name to be very, very scared of and synonymous with Wes CravenA Nightmare on Elm Street was a big triumph commercially and critically and eventually became a very successful franchise. The story that gave us all nightmares revolved around a group of  teenagers who are killed in their dreams by Freddy. The film left an indelible impact on the audience and the critics and was a milestone of sorts for the horror genre.
Another example of Craven‘s brilliance; the 1996 slasher film Scream wowed audiences with the commendable performances of Neve CampbellCourtney CoxDrew Barrymore and David ArquetteScream was another important movie that invigorated the genre in the 90s and its success spawned a series of films. Critics praised the movie for breaking the monotony of earlier horror plots and for its novelty.
Red Eye
A more recent success compared to the other movies on this list, 2005-released Red Eye earned commercial and critical praise. The gripping thriller featured Rachel McAdamsCillian Murphy and Brian Cox playing pivotal roles in a movie about a hotel manager trapped in an assassination plot by a terrorist on a red-eye flight to Miami.Craven‘s direction was much appreciated. 
The absence of this legendary personality will be largely felt. He will be remembered and missed by millions not only for his films but also for the person he was – affable, ingenious and never afraid to experiment. Which are some of your favorite movies by Wes Craven? Comment below.  
– Neha Mohanty

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