Wes Craven: The Man and his Nightmares by John WooleyWes Craven is my favourite director of all time! Not just in the horror genre, but all round. His movies terrified me when I was very young, especially Scream which is now my favourite movie. Many movie fans if asked whos your favourite director would probably say the likes of Steven Spielberg or James Cameron, but not me. Craven has an edginess in his films and he likes to take them a step further. His first movie in which he wrote, directed and edited - The Last House on the Left - is a grisly story about a girl and her friend who are attacked by a sadistic family. Mari, the lead character is left for dead. Her parents are visited by their daughters attackers who are looking for a place to stay the night. And when Mari turns up, hanging onto life, the parents find out that the strangers at their house are the ones who almost took their daughters life. They go on to taking revenge on the psychos in grisly and brutal ways. This movie stunned audiences. Theyd never seen anything like it. It was ahead of its time.
I myself have only saw the remake which was fantastic and brutal! But from what I read it is very much the same as the original.
A Nightmare on Elm Street, another of Cravens movies is what really put him on the map. Again, the movie horrified audiences all over the world and created horror icon, Freddy Krueger. In the 90s, Scream came along and again horrified audiences and also created another horror icon, Ghostface.
So, after a little bit of trivia there, lets get to the book! :)
I had a blast reading this book! I got it for my Christmas and I just couldnt wait to read it! A couple of weeks ago, I had done a talk on Wes Craven for English and got a good grade for it. I thought I knew a lot about Wes Craven before this book, but really, what I knew was nothing compared to the stuff I learned in reading this.
John Wooleys writing is very simple and easy to read, but at the same time is so very well written. This is the second biography Ive read - the first being Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus (DONT JUDGE!) and I enjoyed reading it almost as much as I enjoy reading fiction. So I think biographies are something that I want to get into reading a bit more of.
If youre interested in Wes Craven and his scary movies get this book! :D
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) KILL COUNT
He was known for his pioneering work    in the genre of horror films , particularly slasher films , where he mixed horror cliches with humor and satire. His impact on the genre was considered prolific and influential. When his friend Steve Chapin informed him of a messenger position at a New York City film production co, where his brother, future folk-rock star Harry Chapin worked. Craven moved into the building where his friend Steve Chapin lived at Hicks St. Recalling his early training, Craven said in , "Harry was a fantastic film editor and producer of industrials. He taught me the Chapin method [of editing]: 'Nuts and bolts!
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Langer , Ving Rhames , and Sean Whalen. The plot follows a young boy and two adult robbers who become trapped in a house belonging to a strange couple after breaking in to steal their collection of rare coins. Craven has stated that The People Under the Stairs was partially inspired by a news story from the late s, in which two burglars broke into a Los Angeles household, inadvertently causing the police to discover two children who had been locked away by their parents. The film was a surprise commercial success and has received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences, and has been analyzed for its satirical depiction of gentrification , class warfare , and capitalism. Poindexter "Fool" Williams is a resident of a Los Angeles ghetto.
Vampire in Brooklyn is a American comedy horror film directed by Wes Craven. Eddie Murphy , who also produced and stars in the film, wrote the film's script, alongside Vernon Lynch and Murphy's older brother Charles Q. Murphy also plays an alcoholic preacher and a foul-mouthed Italian gangster. Vampire in Brooklyn was the final film produced under Eddie Murphy's exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures , that began with 48 Hrs. Vampire in Brooklyn was released in the United States on October 27, and failed to meet the studio's expectations at the box office. It received generally negative reviews, and has been regarded by some as one of Murphy's weakest movies. In later years, however, the film has earned a cult following among fans especially for Murphy and Bassett's chemistry, the humor, musical score and Wes Craven's direction.