On Sunday, we lost one of the film industry’s greatest icons.
Synonymous with the horror film genre, Wes Craven, who passed away at the age of 76 after battling brain cancer, is responsible for creating a memorable (and equally terrifying) string of films that have left many stunned, addicted and ultimately scared to fall asleep – because sleeping means dreaming, which means a visit from Freddy Krueger, obvi.
As Hollywood comes together to pay tribute to the writer-director following the breaking news, we’re taking a look back at Craven’s most memorable movie moments, from Scream to The Hills Have Eyes.
What Makes It So Terrifying: It could happen to anyone. Also, nobody puts Barrymore in a corner – not even in a slasher film. That just felt like a personal attack, which is what made this scene so compelling (a.k.a. just what the master of horror aimed for).
A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984
What Makes It So Terrifying: Blood. So much blood. Also, the original film spawned a medley of sequels, including a remake in 2010 and killer smash-up with 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason.
The People Under the Stairs, 1991
What Makes It So Terrifying: It’s a premise all kids can relate to: parents forbid their children to even walk near a creepy looking house, said children disobey in the name of curiosity – need we say more? One viewing of the 1991 movie will have you thinking back to season 1 of American Horror Story. Yep, the movie was way before its time.
The Hills Have Eyes, 1977
What Makes It So Terrifying: Much like Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, both released in the ’70s, The Hills Have Eyes took advantage of its low budget, resulting in a suspense-filled movie that captured audiences for years to come. Need proof? The movie inspired a remake almost 30 years later, as well as a sequel.
Red Eye, 2005
What Makes It So Terrifying: Being on a plane is possibly the most vulnerable position to be in – especially when you’re sitting next to an omniscient terrorist who’s threatening to hurt your family.