One thing we've learned from every horror flick we've ever sat down to watch is that death comes as the end. Even, if you ostensibly survive the horror movie some day you have to stop running.
That's a fact that Wes Craven put to test. He was an American writer, film director, producer, and sometimes actor that pushed the slasher genre to it's peak. These movies burn bright and hot until one or two teenagers manage to outwit the killer and are summarily rescued.
Wes Craven did not pioneer this type of horror film. Slasher's as their own sub genre started around 1974. Black Christmas is largely regarded as the first influential slasher. It features a group of sorority girls who are stalked and murdered over the holiday season. It almost sounds like the December version of Scream Queens
At this time Wes Craven was having little to do with pushing the slasher genre forward. His early career focused on porn. This man went hard or he went home. His involvement has been linked to one of the most famous pornographic films, Deep Throat.
That's what I call quality family entertainment.
Wes Craven really made his name with the slasher genre. He may not have pioneered it, but he certainly pushed it to it's outer limits that it could fit in. Only two other slasher franchises have achieved the anonymity that Wes Craven has done. See any of the Halloween or Friday The 13th movies.
The first film is the best. Bloody and good. David Arquette's there. Courtney Cox is having fun. Drew Barrymore stops by. Wes Craven makes a guest appearance. It's classic. It's legacy is still here. If you didn't catch the television reboot of Scream on MTV you missed out. Although, Wes Craven was reportedly disappointed in the “change of masks”. I think the updated one is ten times more horrifying. Of course there is that garish comic originality to the first one. I don't know who to side with.
Unfortunately, Wes Craven passed away this summer at the age of 76 after contracting brain cancer. At least he'll always live on in the recesses of our nightmares.