Since Sunday, when news broke of Wes Craven’s death, Hollywood and horror fans alike have paid tribute to the “Master of Horror” in various ways to honor the legacy of screams Craven has left behind. From the Nightmare on Elm Street films to the Scream films, Wes Craven rightfully earned his place as a household name in the horror genre. Many who worked with Craven in the movie industry agree he had a passion for exploring the psychology behind fear.
Aside from the two film franchises mentioned above, Wes Craven is also known for the films The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, and Red Eye. Wes collaborated with the Friday the 13th franchise for the film Jason vs Freddy and oversaw the remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House on the Left.
With all of Wes Craven’s work on horror films, it wasn’t difficult for Screencrush to find plenty of material to gather a montage of screams from some of Wes’ most memorable films — a truly fitting way to honor the late Craven, especially with the title of the tribute being “Screams.”
Actress Neve Campbell reminisced about working with Wes Craven during the shooting of the first Scream movie with the Hollywood Reporter.
“Little could we comprehend the great success each of us would be gifted from having the opportunity to make Scream with the great Wes Craven. Our lives would not be what they are without having worked with Wes. The love and passion came from the top, and it shines through in the quality of his work. He was a true innovator. From The Last House on the Left to A Nightmare on Elm Street to Scream…. Rest in peace, Wes! We’ll continue to watch your films and not sleep peacefully at all.”
Kevin Williamson, who gained fame as the screenwriter for Scream after the film became a success, wrote a tribute to Wes Craven, explaining his gratitude for the time the director spent showing Williamson how to bring words to life on the big screen. Williamson wrote he was a “newbie” on the set of Scream but learned a lot from director Wes Craven during filming. Kevin is also but one of many in Hollywood who deem Wes Craven to be the “Master of Horror.”
“If anyone questioned it before, with this film Wes had clearly earned the title Master of Horror. I would ask him years later, on set, how it felt to have that title. He joked, ‘I don’t know. You should ask John Carpenter.’ Fair enough. But A Nightmare on Elm Street was revolutionary, and his work was astonishing and masterful.”
Wes Craven’s Scream films inspired a television series on MTV. Although Craven admitted before the show began to air that he had little to do with the show itself, the MTV series borrows from all four of the Scream films and is based on the first film, which came out in 1996. Before Tuesday’s finale of Season 1, MTV aired an “In Memoriam” title card for Wes which simply read, “Thanks for the screams.”
Executive producer Jill Blotevogel had nothing but praise for Craven, which she shared with Entertainment Weekly before the airing of the Scream finale.
“We would not exist if it wasn’t for him. We’re all still reeling at the suddenness of this. I was just really shaken when I heard the news. He really is one of the greats as a creative person — I won’t even say as a titan of the horror drama because he could do so many things. He was amazing.”
Scream is expected to be renewed for a second season, which will air in 2016.
Wes Craven died Sunday at the age of 76 after his battle with brain cancer. Wes Craven will be fondly remembered for his contributions to modern horror for years to come.
[Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]