Wes Craven of Freddy Krueger fame no more: Why he will be remembered?
Wes Craven is no more. The man who is behind creation of Freddy Krueger in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films left for his heavenly journey Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 75.
For a very long time Wes Craven was suffering from brain cancer and latest reports suggest that the same disease was the cause of Wes Cravenâ€™s death.
Wes Craven will be remembered for decades and decades to come as it was actually he who launched a genre of movies that was not part of the mainstream cinema or TV till then. He is the man who is behid the acceptance of a new style of bloody horror movie in the seventies and eighties. And now the entire world seems to love these sorts of films.
Born on August 2, 1939 in Cleveland Wes Craven was a consummate film director, actor, writer, producer all embedded in one single persona. No one will be able to forget his horror, or particularly slasher films. It must be made clear here that it was he who actually directed the first installment and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and co-writing A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors with Bruce Wagner.
Not many people have an idea that this consummate filmmaker and writer was actually a professor of humanities. Craven left Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where he was a professor of humanities. First he was into making pornographic movies, but after a couple of years he moved into mainstream cinema. But all such movies were made under pseudonyms.
Nonetheless the sort of appreciation he received for his character Freddy Krueger is something he never visualized. The American Film Institute ranked the character 40th on its list of the 100 greatest movie heroes and villains in 2009.
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