Wes Craven: The Art of Horror

Overview

Filmmaker Wes Craven has consistently and imaginatively scared movie audiences since the early 1970s. His films display a variety of styles, from the nihilistic existentialism of The Last House on the Left, to the bold and trend-setting Nightmare on Elm Street, to the hallucinatory dreamscapes of The Serpent and the Rainbow. In the nineties, Craven returned with the Scream films, simultaneously funny, clever and scary. This history of Craven's career since 1972 examines all the themes and techniques the filmmaker...
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Overview

Filmmaker Wes Craven has consistently and imaginatively scared movie audiences since the early 1970s. His films display a variety of styles, from the nihilistic existentialism of The Last House on the Left, to the bold and trend-setting Nightmare on Elm Street, to the hallucinatory dreamscapes of The Serpent and the Rainbow. In the nineties, Craven returned with the Scream films, simultaneously funny, clever and scary. This history of Craven's career since 1972 examines all the themes and techniques the filmmaker explored. For each film, a synopsis, cast and credits, historical context, and critical commentary are provided. Craven's forays into television, including Stranger in the House and such series as The New Twilight Zone, are also covered.
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Overviews filmmaker Craven's career, then provides details on his 14 films from 1972 to 1997, his four television movies, his efforts as executive director, and his work for the television series The Twilight Zone and Nightmare Cafe. Includes a synopsis, cast and credits, historical context, and critical commentary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419234
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/24/2004
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Kenneth Muir is the author of more than 20 reference books covering science fiction and horror on film and television. He is creator of the Internet sci-fi series The House Between ( www.thehousebetween.com ) and his popular blog can be found at reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com .

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Career Overview 7
2 The Feature Films 39
The Last House on the Left 1972 39
The Hills Have Eyes 1977 58
Deadly Blessing 1981 74
Swamp Thing 1982 85
The Hills Have Eyes Part II 1983 95
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 105
Deadly Friend 1986 120
The Serpent and the Rainbow 1987 131
Shocker 1989 145
The People Under the Stairs 1991 159
Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 171
A Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 186
Scream 1996 196
Scream 2 1997 210
3 The Television Movies 221
A Stranger in Our House 1978 221
Invitation to Hell 1984 228
Chiller 1985 238
Night Visions 1990 246
4 Craven as Executive Producer 247
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors 1987 247
Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper 1995 256
Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster 1997 266
5 The Television Series 275
The Twilight Zone 1985 275
Nightmare Cafe 1992 279
6 The Battle Over Censorship 291
Epilogue 295
App. A Movie References in Scream 297
App. B The Family in Craven's Films 299
App. C Recurring Imagery 301
App. D Rating the Films 303
Notes 305
Bibliography 309
Index 311
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