The Movie Crypt: Ep 120: Wes Craven Tribute Special

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Adam and Joe say farewell to the late cinematic icon Wes Craven in this very special and moving episode that includes tributes from Robert Englund (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), John Landis (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON), Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD), Patrick Lussier (MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D), Jeffrey Reddick (FINAL DESTINATION), Michael Rosenbaum (SMALLVILLE), Todd Farmer (JASON X), Tom Holland (CHILD’S PLAY), Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW 2-4), Mike Mendez (THE GRAVEDANCERS), Tiffany Shepis (TROMEO & JULIET), and Alan Jones (FRIGHTFEST).

  • Paul Lee

    wow just wow Guys, I grew up with Wes’ Movies and this hit me so hard. Thank you for posting such a nice Tribute . I have been listening to my old ass Cassette Of the Shocker sound track in my car ( yes i still have tape deck in my car) for the last 5 days , been teaching my kids about his movie, something i should have done years ago. Thank you again

    • Adam Green

      Thank you, Paul.

      • Paul Lee

        you are so welcome, Adam

  • Dominic Wieneke

    Excellent tribute podcast, guys. Had to listen to it in sections because it was a tough one for me. Like many people, Craven was a film master for me. I learned so much watching and analyzing his work throughout the years. Thank you.

    • Adam Green

      Thanks, Dominic. The loss of Wes Craven has hit all of us so hard and this was an extremely hard episode to put together and record. The response in just the first 10 hours it has been up has already been so overwhelming that it was all worth it though. We’re so grateful that we could share our sentiments and stories as well as receive messages from so many other artists who had such wonderful things to say. As always, the appreciation and response from our listeners are a great reminder why we do what we do.

  • Digger

    What could one possibly add to what has already been said about the great Wes Craven?

    I’ve been thinking a lot about SCREAM, even though it’s a movie I’ve never loved. I think what that movie DID will always be more important than what it WAS; and what it did was single-handedly end the great horror movie drought of the 1990’s.

    For the younglings out there who have grown up being saturated by horror movies, the genre was pretty much on the ropes in that decade. The old masters were off their game. The franchises had played themselves out by becoming cheaper and stupider. Studio genre fare was all DIE HARD and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS knock-offs and the indie world was flooded with Tarantino rip-offs. it was a pretty barren place for horror movies. Very rarely you would get something great like CANDYMAN, CRONOS, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS or Fincher’s SEVEN, but they were few and far between.

    By the time SCREAM came out the blockbuster budgets were already regularly north of $100 million and, as Joe said, the success of a movie was decided in days rather than weeks (soon those days would become hours). SCREAM was the definition of the right movie at the right time. It reminded studios that a) horror movies are cheap, and b) they make money. Then, a year or so later, BLAIR WITCH would come out to become the most profitable movie in history and horror has been unstoppable ever since.

    You could possibly argue that the Asian horror explosion would have happened anyway, but there’s no question the US and European horror boom was a direct result of SCREAM re-igniting the mainstream cinema audience’s appetite for being scared.

    And props to Joe for mentioning RED EYE. I thought Rachel McAdams carried that movie effortlessly, and it was that film and an otherwise mediocre comedy called THE FAMILY STONE that made me a big fan of hers.

    Anyway, I don’t want to write an essay. I was also stunned to hear of Craven’s illness. I had assumed that he was just kicking back and enjoying a stress-free life like John Carpenter. It sounds like a whole lot of people never got to say goodbye, but I can understand someone not wanting to put themselves or anyone else through that.

    We have his memory and his movies. That will have to be enough.

  • Thanks for doing something like this for Wes. I haven’t listen to the ep yet. But I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Despite being a being I have never met and a being that has never known of my existence, Craven has been one of the most important people in my now twenty-four years on Earth(hit the big two-four on Tuesday :P). Toward the end of 1999/beginning of 2000 the Scream films became my life. Even though I was only eight. But I bought the McFarlane Movie Maniacs toy. Scream 3 was the first film I was ever super super super super hyped for…actually it may have been Godzilla 1998 but….shhh. My dad took me to see Scream 3 opening weekend. When it was eventually released on VHS, it was all I ever watched that summer. And when I first got a DVD player toward the end of 2000, Scream 3 was the first DVD I ever rented. And fandom of Craven just grew and grew. Elm Street obsession came. So on so forth. Just when the time finally came for Scream 4….the fact that that movie finally was being made felt like a true divine gift. I dressed up in my Ghostface costume from 1999 that still fit me somehow. Sadly I was the only one dressed up for the midnight. Saw the film four times opening weekend. Someways I don’t even know what I’m getting at but this is certainly the loss of someone who has brought me some of the most important entertainment of my life. Now he is gone and we will never see any new content from Craven….unless zombie Craven does in fact happen.:P But yeah. More loss in the years to come. Reaching the point when life stops giving us things and starts taking them away. As the 2003 film Old School has taught us “that’s what old people do. They die.” 😛 But of course in the end Craven still exists in all these great films. Never forgotten….except for maybe Music Of The Heart.

  • Shad Youngblood

    Thanks for doing this tribute. Wes Craven was someone I had hoped to meet one day. Wes Craven touched everyone, not just horror fans. Even people that don’t like horror movies know his films. He will be missed.

  • Cory Pelc

    Great episode. Keep up the good work.

  • Dustin Koski

    I watched season three of Project Greenlight last night and it was surprisingly melancholy to see Wes Craven working on that project that he seemed to so vocally not believe in.

  • Chris Hambrick

    R.I.P. WES CRAVIN Freddy Krueger Will live 4 ever in The Dream World your the best rest easy man.

  • Jason West

    Hi guys. I love Wes Craven. Truly a horror visionary. Shocker holds a special place in my heart. I know how deranged this sounds but that was my bed time movie growing up. I’m 32 now. I really agree with your anti piracy stance. Theres so many idiots online that steal stuff just because it is convenient to do so. Thats one of the many things I don’t like about today’s technology. It’s not just filmmakers that are getting screwed, it’s musicians and game and software designers. The internet is a great thing but it’s also this huge best buy full of free stuff. That’s what I miss about the old days. If you wanted to see a movie, play a game or buy new software you HAD to get off your butt and go pay for it. I think you guys would be doing a lot better if rgis piracy crap didn’t exist because you wouldn’t be screwed out of the x amount that you should have made.