Horror director Wes Craven, the man responsible for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, among many other films, passed away over the weekend, succumbing to a battle with brain cancer. It’s a loss felt by many horror fans and cinephiles, who are taking stock of Craven’s significant influence on the movie landscape.
In case you need any more evidence that Wes Craven was a filmmaker who inspired many directors working today, Edgar Wright has chimed in on his own personal blog with a fond remembrance of Craven and what his work meant to the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
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Last night brought the tragic news that iconic horror director Wes Craven had passed away at age 76. The man was responsible for helping change the face of horror with A Nightmare on Elm Street and also reinventing the slasher subgenre by pulling back the curtain on all its tropes while also adhering to them in Scream. You’d be hard-pressed to find a horror director who wasn’t influenced by the work of Wes Craven.
Therefore, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at an extended Wes Craven interview from Fangoria TV‘s series Screamography, which chronicled the rise of some of the most iconic filmmakers in the horror genre from their early upbringing through their most well-known achievements in cinema. Watch the all-encompassing interview below! Read More »
Wes Craven, who began his career with the low-budget shocker The Last House on the Left, then helped define the ’80s horror scene with A Nightmare on Elm St., and eventually defined the ’90s horror scene with Scream, has died at age 76, due to brain cancer. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bible-based projects are hotter than ever. This year alone, we’ll see Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and the Jesus tale Son of God. But while most are taking the familiar form of an historical epic, WGN America is going a different way with their religiously inspired new miniseries.
Produced by The Weinstein Co., 10 Commandments will consist of ten episodes, each of which will focus on a different commandment. Different is the key word here. Each installment will be helmed by a different director, with Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven, and Michael Cera among those attached right now. (Yes, that Michael Cera.) Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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The sequel news today is partly theoretical, and partly oriented around 3D. After the break, find details on the following items:
- Guillermo del Toro has toyed with a Pacific Rim sequel,
- G.I. Joe: Retaliation producer talks about that film’s late in the game 3D conversion,
- It seems like Scream 5 isn’t happening any time soon, according to Wes Craven,
- a Serenity cast member hopes for a sequel,
- Anchorman 2 may shoot in March, says Judd Apatow,
- and so could Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
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One of the staples of the Scream franchise is the huge twist before the opening credits and that trend continued with Scream 4, which hits Blu-ray Tuesday. In fact, I think the first few minutes are by far the best of Scream 4. They’re clever, surprising and filled with the type of self-reference and cameos that made the series great. Unfortunately, the film slowly drops off after that.
We now know one of the changes director Wes Craven made to the film thanks to the extras on the new disc. He radically changed a segment of the opening. Is it for better or worse? Decide for yourself. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Scream 4 was enough of a box-office disappointment when it opened this spring that it seemed to curtail all the rumors about it being the first of a new Scream trilogy. But like its plucky heroine Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), the Scream franchise isn’t one to die easily. The fourth installment ultimately ended up pulling in about $97 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, apparently enough that director Wes Craven is now saying that a Scream 5 is very likely to happen. Read his comments after the jump.
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I’m not going to try and blow smoke up your ass with respect to Wes Craven‘s 1982 version of Swamp Thing. It isn’t a particularly good movie, and it isn’t a particularly good telling of the Swamp Thing story that originated in the DC anthology House of Secrets and was eventually at the forefront of the ‘mature comics’ boom of the ’80s thanks to writer Alan Moore.
But this Swamp Thing poster, created by artist Florian Bertmer for Mondo and the Alamo Drafthouse, is a great representation of Swamp Thing. So, as an old-school fan of the character, I’ll take it purely in that spirit. See the full image below. Read More »
In retrospect, over a decade removed from its previous installment and plagued with lukewarm reviews, maybe it’s not that big a surprise Scream 4 was a box office bomb. The first three films each made around $100 million but Scream 4, released 11 years after the third film, has so far grossed under $40 million. Still, Harvey Weinstein, who has executive produced all the films in the franchise, seems confident that we’ll get a Wes Craven-directed Scream 5 in the future. And after that Scream 4 ending, we really deserve it. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »