Five Favourite Films with Wes Craven

The horror master on those films that inspired him.

Wes Craven

No director in recent history has made their particular genre as much their own as Wes Craven. The legendary helmer virtually redefined the horror movies with the likes of The Hills Have Eyes and The Nightmare on Elm Street. His very first film was the horrifically violent box-office smash The Last House on the Left. Unlike Elm Street - which is being reinvented without any input from Craven - Last House is being remade with the director's blessing, under the stewardship of Dennis Iliadis, and hits UK screens this Friday. RT had some time with Craven, and with the scaremongering legend on the other end of our phone, we just couldn't resist asking him for his five favourite films.


Comments

mightysourdough

Jesse Sowders

LALALALALALALA One of these things is not like the others one of these things do not belong (in sing song)

Jun 12 - 08:19 AM

RedRing

Bleck Blook

-_- why don't you just tell us what it is.

Jun 12 - 08:24 AM

JaydenFilms

jayden chatterman

It is probaly the texas chainsaw massacre

Dec 12 - 02:52 AM

RedRing

Bleck Blook

-_- why don't you just tell us what it is.

Jun 12 - 08:24 AM

JaydenFilms

jayden chatterman

It is probaly the texas chainsaw massacre

Dec 12 - 02:52 AM

Single-Serving Friend

First Last

Fabulous insight Wes,

And so surprising too!

BTW, where did you get the idea for Last House on the Left?

Jun 12 - 09:20 AM

Daniel M.

Daniel Moctezuma

Wes got the idea of "Last House on the Left" coincidentally from one of his favorite movies "The Virgin Spring". If you watch the two movies the story is almost exactly the same except "Virgin Spring" does not try to gross you out or appeal with shock value. Either way the story is probably old and dates back like a folk tale.

Jun 17 - 06:38 PM

Single-Serving Friend

First Last

Fabulous insight Wes,

And so surprising too!

BTW, where did you get the idea for Last House on the Left?

Jun 12 - 09:27 AM

IndianaSchwartz

kyle scott

So... did Wes Craven just claim that Howard Hawkes directed "The Treasure of Sierra Madre"?

Jun 12 - 09:53 AM

Mysterious F.

Mysterious F

He did claim that! It was John Huston, you idiot!!!!!

Jun 12 - 10:47 AM

Dave J

Dave J

This is the most thought out and insightful list in quite some time by Rottentomatoes and it's about time too. Having seen almost all of Wes Craven's films I can see the similarities and especially the influence those films contributed much to his movie career. Virgin Spring was his base for 'The Last House' On 'The Left and the Hills Have Eyes' with similarities from Texas Chainsaw. To Kill A Mockingbird inspired Wes's "People under the Stairs".

Jun 12 - 12:16 PM

Nine Oh Two

joe schmoe

A lot of people just don't realize how talented a filmmaker Wes Craven is, I just think he makes poor decisions regarding what type of films he chooses.

@ Mightysourdough

LMAO

You sir have just unwittingly stumbled on a great idea for the next Wes Craven feature...Nightmare on Sesame Street.

Jun 12 - 01:08 PM

therereturn

Ben Wilson

Very interesting.

Jun 12 - 01:12 PM

rle4lunch

Chad W

don't you love how the author of this article uses the word 'realise' instead of 'realize'? either he's european, which makes it understandable, or just a dude who wants to sound like he has a large venacular. in either case, it looks dumb.

Jun 12 - 01:21 PM

Joe Utichi

Joe Utichi

rle4lunch: The piece comes out of the UK office of RT, hence the British spelling.

Jun 12 - 01:41 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

Let me know the last time Wes Craven made a good film. For me, it's that Nightmare on Elm Street that pretended to be a documentary of sorts...

I used to like him, now he makes me vomit. He produces some of the worst films imaginable.

Jun 12 - 01:42 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Yeah it's been a while since this guy's actually worked hard. Different and interesting list though.

Jun 12 - 03:02 PM

jesusthejedi

Lucio Fulci

who are you to say whether or not wes cravens been working hard? im a huge horrorhound though i dont care much for the man and have nothing good to say about any of his remakes. even still, the mans got a lot on his plate and for you to trivialize his effort just because you dont like the movies is ridiculous.

Jun 13 - 09:52 AM

Nine Oh Two

joe schmoe

Some of my favorite Wes Craven movies:

Swamp Thing
The Serpent and the Rainbow
People Under The Stairs
New Nightmare

Honorable mention goes to Red Eye

C'mon, how can you guys not love the director of Vampire in Brooklyn, talk about your Mystery Science Theatre bait.

Jun 12 - 03:09 PM

mEn@Ce!

Kevin Niduaza

I'm pretty sure The Treasure of Sierra Madre was directed by John Huston, not Howard Hawks....

Jun 12 - 03:57 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Easy mistake to make since both men famously worked with Humphrey Bogart.

Jun 13 - 08:54 AM

steve s.

steve smith

five favorite films needs a vacation......6 months seems right

Jun 12 - 05:23 PM

TheCaptain of TeamLoyalty

John Webb

What are these worst films tom? Are they the horror classics like Nightmare on Elm Street? Or Scream? Or Last House on the Left? Remember it has been awhile since he actually DIRECTED a movie, he has produced a lot of movies.

Jun 12 - 11:26 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Easy mistake to make since both men famously worked with Humphrey Bogart.

Jun 13 - 08:54 AM

jesusthejedi

Lucio Fulci

who are you to say whether or not wes cravens been working hard? im a huge horrorhound though i dont care much for the man and have nothing good to say about any of his remakes. even still, the mans got a lot on his plate and for you to trivialize his effort just because you dont like the movies is ridiculous.

Jun 13 - 09:52 AM

moviephiliac

Samuel Cole

I thought Red Eye was pretty good, why are people making it seem like it has been ages since he made a good movie?

Jun 13 - 10:25 AM

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