Sunday, August 30, 2015
Wes Craven Merges With The Infinite
The thing about being my age is that so many of the names we grew up with, who were just doing amazing work during my youth, are beginning to pass.
My social media is flooded with the news that writer/ director/ producer Wes Craven has passed at the age of 76.
If you grew up in the era I did, you saw Wes Craven movies one way or another. Most famous of his movies, likely, is A Nightmare on Elm Street, something I was already planning to re-watch this Halloween and now have a moral obligation to take in.
He also brought us The Hills Have Eyes, Swamp Thing, The People Under the Stairs and Scream.
Here's my film-school story about Scream.
JAL managed a theater when we were in college. They were showing Scream after they wrapped the rest of the movies in that theater. It was all the way across town, and I don't really like horror movies, and I was just feeling cranky, and, etc....
JAL: Do you want to see Scream tonight at the tech screening?
Me: Man, I don't want to see that movie. It's just some slasher shit, and it's going to be a total hassle.
JAL: Wes Craven directed it.
Me: What time does it start?
We'll miss you, Wes. You were one of the good ones.