Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76

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Wes Craven, the famed writer-director of horror films known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers for years, died at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. Survivors include his wife, producer and former Disney Studios vice president Iya Labunka.

Craven was a longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, where he moved permanently three years ago before returning to Los Angeles for work and health reasons. Craven claimed to have gotten the idea for Elm Street when living next to a cemetery on a street of that name when growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland. His five Nightmare on Elm Street films were released from 1984-89.

Similarly, Craven’s Scream series was a box-office sensation. In those scare-’em-ups, he spoofed the teen horror genre. The movies frequently referenced other horror movies.

Craven’s first feature film was The Last House of the Left, which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972. Continue reading

FRIDAY THE 13TH Reboot Update Confirms the Obvious

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Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are currently in the process of developing another reboot of Friday the 13th for Platinum Dunes. In an interview with Collider, Form gives a little update and confirms that Jason will be coming back to the big screen to kill a bunch of stupid drunken horny teenagers in the woods.

“Just working on the script still. Hoping to make that movie this year and Brad, I’m gonna confirm that Jason is in the movie. There was a rumor out there that Jason was not in it…”

Fuller reiterated…

“Jason is in the movie, that is confirmed.”

Why wouldn’t Jason be in the movie? He has become the iconic staple of the franchise. Was there a time when they weren’t going to include Jason? I think it’s funny that they are confirming the obvious. The last thing I heard about the movie was that the producers were taking pitches for a found footage version of the franchise. I always enjoyed watching the original films, but the last reboot sucked, and I’m not convinced that this next one will be any better. The movie is set to be released on November 13th, and it will be directed by David Bruckner (V/H/S).