With the news of Wes Craven’s passing this week, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s TUNEBACK TUESDAY to him. He was one of my favourite directors and heavily influenced me growing up. I can still remember the day I was first introduced to the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series. I was 8 years old and it was a rainy day with not much to do. My Mother suggested I rent a movie so I walked over to the nearby Drug Store (during the brief time they rented movies) where my Grandmother worked. It was there that I spotted “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4”. I watched both movies that afternoon and was instantly hooked. Although Wes Craven didn’t direct either film (he was involved with part 3, however), it was his creation, Freddy Krueger, that had a lasting impression on me and turned me into a Wes Craven fan.
Here is a selection of movie trailers of his films (and a couple music videos) to honour the master of horror.
“A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” (1984)
Featured Song: PROLOGUE/MAIN TITLE (by Charles Bernstein)
“A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS” (1987)
Featured Song: DREAM WARRIORS (by Dokken)
“THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW” (1988)
“THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS” (1991)
“WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE” (1994)
Featured Song: RED RIGHT HAND (by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
Thank you for the nightmares, Wes. Rest in peace.