Remembering Wes Craven

Posted on September 9, 2015 by

It has been a little over a week since the Great Wes Craven passed away. Mike and I (Trent) were in the beginning stages of launching Camp Fright. I had just set up our Twitter account, and was excited to post our first tweet. Sure, no one would see it, but it’s a milestone none the less. That was when I discovered the devastating news; I was no longer excited. I was confused and blown away. How could this be? I immediately started searching all of the trusted news sites, just to make sure that this wasn’t a sick hoax.

The nightmare was true, Wes Craven was gone.

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Wes Craven has always held a special place in my heart. I specifically remember sitting around the tv with my cousins while our parents were watching A Nightmare on Elm Street and thinking the entire concept of attacking people when they are most vulnerable was terrifying. It truly opened my eyes to the possibilities of horror and how the genre could reach out and grab the viewer in so many ways.

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“You never told me your name”
“Why do you want to know my name?”
“Because I want to know who I’m looking at”

The first five minutes of the movie Scream creates a tornado of emotions. Being scared and home alone, age aside, is something everyone can relate to. We’ve all heard strange noises. We’ve all had brief conversations with strangers on the phone. But what if replying with “wrong number” wasn’t the end of that conversation? What if someone really was outside your home, watching your every move?

When watching a Craven film, you are the character. Wes Craven was a mastermind of tapping into your greatest fears. It doesn’t matter if the nightmare is inside your dream or outside of your house.

The Only Thing you Have to Fear…is You

Unfortunately, we never had the opportunity to meet Wes Craven, much less, the chance to know him on a personal level. Despite these facts, we can’t help but feel that we have lost a father figure of sorts. Not in the traditional sense, but in a developmental sense. He helped craft our love for horror films and defined what it really means to be scared.

“Horror films don’t create fear. They release it.” – Wes Craven

We all know his work, so we won’t dive into the details. That’s not what this post is about. A brilliant mind in our community has been lost, but his work will live on forever. And for that, we are forever grateful.

Wes, thank you for the nightmares.

We have shared our favorite Wes Craven stories, feel free to share your Wes Craven stories in the comments.