Tag Archive: wes craven

Sep 25

Carnival of Souls

carnivalofsoulsGenre: Horror
Year: 1998
Country: USA

Director: Adam Grossman
Starring: Bobbie Phillips, Shawnee Smith, Larry Miller, Paul Johansson, Cleavant Derricks

 

 

 

 

Enter at your own risk!

 

Carnival of Souls (1998) - Movie Review

 

Aug 31

R.I.P. Wes Craven

cravenI am usually against people writing tributes to an entertainer once he or she has passed away. I would like us as a society to rather appreciate people while they are still around. But sometimes this just isn’t possible, as is the reason why I am writing this in honor of a true Master of Horror – Wes Craven.

There has already been a handful of greatly and emotional written articles about the man behind our nightmares during this sad day, so I am rather gonna keep this more personal and how my relationship with his movies has been, something which goes all the way back to my childhood and is an important reason of why I am still in love with this wonderful genre we call horror today.

Wes Craven was one of the very first names I recognized from movies in my good old VHS renting days in the late 80’s. A big reason for that is of course because he was the creator of my biggest childhood hero Freddy Krueger, but he was also responsible for a few other gems that I highly appreciated both in my younger days and today. Even though The Last House on the Left is the most famous of his 70’s entires, I have always had a very soft spot for The Hills Have Eyes – a film that left a big impression on me when I saw it a few years ahead of the appropriate age for a film like that.

Dec 17

Deadly Friend

deadlyfriendGenre: Horror
Year: 1986
Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Matthew Laborteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey, Anne Ramsey

 

She can’t live without you

 

Paul Conway is a young brainiac who has been able to develop artificial intelligence and use his knowledge to create a robot that he calls B.B., who is able to learn new skills and communicate with Paul and other humans.

Paul, his mother and B.B. moves to a new city where Paul has gotten a good job at the local college to further explore his knowledge. His world is soon turn upside down when he has to deal with the loss of both B.B. and his new friend Samantha. He refuses to accept the death of his two best friends and decide to use his knowledge to try to bring them both back… with Samantha’s dead body as the vehicle.

Wes Craven has always been a hit or miss horror director who will deliver one or two great films per decade, but also a big amount of crappy ones. Deadly Friend, based on a novel by Diana Henstell called Friend and I guess Deadly was put in front to make it seem more horror.

Nov 07

The Last House on the Left

lasthouseontheleftGenre: Horror
Year: 1972
Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain

 

To avoid fainting, keep repeating “It’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie…”

 

Mari Collingswood is celebrating her seventeenth birthday and is going to see a rock band called Bloodlust live in concert with her friend Phyllis. On their way to the concert, they try to score some marijuana and meet a local thug named Junior.

Junior says he has the best weed in the world and takes the two naive girls with him to an apartment where they are kept hostage by the rest of the gang that Junior is a part of. They keep them hostage and torture them for over a day before they take them with them out in the woods for some more humiliation but after the gang has had their fun, things start to turn on them.

The Last House on the Left is an infamous video nasty that also happens to be the directorial debut of the legendary horror filmmaker Wes Craven. The film was shot very cheaply with a small crew and the story, which was also written by Craven, was loosely based on the Ingmar Bergman film The Virgin Spring.

May 06

Wishmaster

wishmasterGenre: Horror
Year: 1997
Country: USA

aka: Wes Craven’s Wishmaster

Director: Robert Kurtzman
Starring: Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Robert Englund, Chris Lemmon, Wendy Benson-Landes

 

Be careful what you wish for

 

Raymond Beaumont is eagerly awaiting for his new priceless collector piece to be unloaded from the shipping boat. The piece is a unique statue of the ancient Iranian God Ahura Mazda that he has been searching after for over ten years.

A drunken crane worker accidentally drops the box it is in on the ground and a fire opal that was hidden inside the statue pops out and is stolen by another worker. The opal ends up in the hands of the young appraiser Alexandra Amberson, who unleashes the terror within the opal out to the world and now has to make three wishes before the Wishmaster destroys the lives of all of her loved ones.

The djinn, or genie in a bottle, is usually portrayed as a fun and positive character in cinema that helps a main character in getting his or her wishes fulfilled. The original legend of the djinn however tells another story and doesn’t make the entity have good intentions all the time. Wishmaster, executive produced by Wes Craven, tries to tell that story and make the Wishmaster into a new horror icon that could go on to become an on franchise.

May 05

Nightmare Cafe – Season One

nightmarecafeGenre: Horror
Year: 1992
Country: USA

Directors: Phillip Noyce, Armand Mastroianni, Christopher Leitch, John Harrison, Wes Craven
Starring: Jack Coleman, Robert Englund, Lindsay Frost, Andrew Airlie, Brandon Quintin Adams

 

 

Nightmare Cafe is a weird little establishment that lies between life and death. Frank and Fay both end up being trapped there after losing their lives on the very same night. They meet a strange cornball fella named Blackie there and are given a chance give a final touch to their lives and make some things right.

After they have done that, they are kept around in the diner to help lost souls that come walking through the door, needing guidance in their lives. The guests that come in is from all walks of life and while some are good people that need help, others are living a bad life and needs to be scared straight.

Nightmare Cafe is a TV shows shown on NBC. This was a Wes Craven creation and he co-wrote all six episodes, directed one of them (the last episode, which was also the worst) and is also credited as an executive producer. It didn’t last very long and only six episodes were made before it was cancelled due to low ratings.