August 30th represents a year to the day that legendary horror director, Wes Craven passed away
By Jay Hunter – One year to the day of his death. Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Here’s 25 things you may not know about Wes Craven or his movies.
25. In A Nightmare on Elm Street the words “Elm Street” are not spoken at all during the movie.
24. Wes Craven wrote a birdwatching column for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.
23. Wes Craven was inspired to write this The People Under the Stairs after reading a real-life news story about burglars breaking into a house. When authorities arrived, the burglars had disappeared but they discovered locked doors with noises coming from behind. Children had been locked up inside the rooms by their parents, never allowed to go outside.
22. For New Nightmare, Wes Craven had intended to ask Johnny Depp to make an appearance as himself in the funeral scene. Craven never worked up the courage to ask him, but after the film’s release, they ran into each other. Craven asked Depp if he would have made an appearance in the movie and Depp said that he would have, and that Craven should have asked him.
21. Before becoming a filmmaker, Craven worked as an English professor.
20. In The Hills Have Eyes Wes Craven had the idea of actually having the baby killed in the film. However the cast and crew strongly opposed the idea saying they would leave if the plot went that route.
19. The Last House on the Left was seized by the Australian Customs Board in October 1991, after a package containing this film and several other banned titles was discovered. It was finally released in Australia uncut in November 2004.
18. He was going to Direct the 1987 Superman IV: A Quest for Peace, but left due to creative differences between him and Christopher Reeves.
17. Craven didn’t think he’d work again after Swamp Thing stating “I kind of felt like I had had my chance and kind of blown it and would probably never work again.”
16. Hilary Duff was attached to Scream 4 for a brief time in an unspecified role.
15. During the funeral scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street all of the vehicles have California license plates while the movie takes place in Ohio.
14. In The Serpent and the Rainbow Bill Pullman acted alongside a jaguar, a viper and a tarantula during the course of film. However all the animals were raised in captivity and were relatively tame.
13. In A Nightmare on Elm Street over 500 gallons of fake blood were used during the making of the film.
12. Craven is one of the most profitable horror directors of all time.
11. Many of the props in the feral family’s cave in The Hills Have Eyes were from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
10. Oliver Stone nearly directed Scream due to a Hollywood bidding war.
9. In A Nightmare on Elm Street a Jason hockey mask can be seen on the shelf in the room Nancy is trying to sleep in.
8. Freddy Krueger’s iconic sweater was so coloured because the director had read in Scientific American that red and green are the most clashing colours in the spectrum of the human retina.
7. The tape recorder playing a skewed version of “Now I Lay Thee Down To Sleep” in The People Under the Stairs is a nod to Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. The prayer also appears in two other of Craven’s movies, My Soul to Take and Last House on the Left.
6. Although A Nightmare on Elm Street is loosely based off real-life events Craven did not create the movie after children died in their sleep from stab wounds (despite internet rumours).
5. For Scream 4 Selena Gomez was considered to play Jill Roberts.
4. Wes Craven studied English and Psychology as an undergrad and earned Master’s degrees in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkin.
3. For a New Nightmare Wes Craven was looking to get a specific reaction from Miko Hughes and his parents said there was a way to make him cry. His mother left the set and his father whispered in Miko’s ear “your mother’s dead.”
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street is included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”.
1. On the DVD audio commentary for A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven says he was told that this was the first film to use a breakaway mirror.
Source – IMDB