This week we lost one of the true innovators of horror, a director whose works spanned six decades. Naturally for a man so well-respected in the business, there has been an outpouring of grief, thanks, and remembrance from family, friends, fans, and those who worked with him. Personally, Craven was the first horror director I was aware of and was of a massive influence in my love of the genre. His creation, Fred Krueger, was the first horror icon I learned of, and A Nightmare On Elm Street remains both my favourite horror film ever, and my favourite horror series. While I haven’t yet seen all of his work, now is as good a time as any to watch those and also catch up on old favourites. Craven crafted some of the most important horror films of his generation, with Nightmare, Scream, and Last House On The Left each a ground-breaker, but he also tried his hand at acting, appearing in a number of memorable cameos, and directing outside of horror, most notably in Music Of The Heart – another favourite of mine.
Few people that we don’t personally know will have a major impact on our lives, but Craven was instrumental in leading many directors into the business thanks to the nightmares and dreams he inspired, and he will always be someone I look to as being important in my past, present, and future love of film.
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