I was about 5 years old the first time I saw A Nightmare On Elm Street. We were living in New Jersey at the time and it was on HBO. My mother being the horror movie junkie that she is, had us gather around the Tv to indulge in Wes Cravens most popular movie series. I can’t say if it was my first horror movie or not but it did influence me for the rest of my life. Freddy Krueger was my kind of monster. Scary and funny, The Joker in nightmare form before I even knew who The Joker was.
Wes Craven brought us monsters that only existed in the dark recesses of our minds and movies that were literally made of nightmares. Wes Craven passed away Sunday night in his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 76 years old. He brought us such classics as A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream, The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, The Serpent And The Rainbow, The People Under The Stairs and so on. He has influenced a countless number of directors, writers and actors during his career and has created some of the most iconic movie monsters in film history.
Even his name was very iconic. You pretty much knew if you read the name Wes Craven anywhere in the title then you were going to have a good time. With that said, I want to say from the bottom of my dark heart, thank you for all the years of nightmares, horrors and spending the rest of my life checking every dark corner in my house. You will be missed sir and may you watch us from the great slaughter house in the sky.