By Billy Peck
As I write this, other than replying to a couple of people in regards to the passing of Wes Craven, this is my first official writing on the subject. Not on Facebook, not on Twitter. Right here in my iPhone notes. It also took me a good couple minutes of staring at the screen before I knew what to say. I still don't know if I've figured that out.
Out of the 20 full length, theatrical films he's directed, I own 15 of them. I've collected signatures from people in his movies. I have his greatest creation tattooed on my body.
Wes Craven was the first identifiable director with a recognizable visual style that I noticed and referred to as my favorite director. He may not still be my favorite director but he's always had a lasting impression.
He reinvented the wheel twice with A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. He made some of film's earliest vile and mean spirited stories with Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. He helped spread the popularity of DC comic character Swamp Thing. He stayed in the public eye in the new millennium with Cursed, My Soul to Take and one of my favorite films of his, Red Eye.
Reading through my Twitter timeline, seeing big stars like Courtney Cox, Liev Schreiber, Rose McGowan, Jamie Kennedy, as well as other Horror directors and fans, poor their love out, was nice to see.
Stay tuned to our site and podcast. Come October time, we will be watching a couple of his films and giving our fan commentary.