Did you know that Wes Craven was at one point in his life an English teacher and humanities professor, and that he didn't start directing films until he was 30? Knowing this, it's no surprise that he approaches discussions about the horror genre with such intellect and conviction. So, when Mick Garris sat down with the creator of Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare On Elm Street for his episode of Post Mortem, the topics varied and often went in unique and intriuging directions.
Want the minutia of exactly how Craven came up with the character of Freddy Krueger? He goes into graphic detail about it in Part 1 of our video segments. Part 2 finds Craven and Garris talking about sequels and remakes, in particular to a lot of Craven's pre-existing films (such as Last House On The Left) and how it's a financial necessity for studios to rely on these "known" titles. He also gives advice to young writers on how to continue giving the audience what they want from their entertainment. In the 3rd segment, Wes talks about defending the genre in the early days of his long career (which now spans over 40 years!) and how fans of those films grew up to be studio execs and teachers. He also mentions that Eddie Murphy's desire to work with him stemmed from the comedians love of The Hills Have Eyes.
In Part 4, the director behind such films as Scream and Deadly Friend talked about his experiences writing for a young audience and how often times, horror films are therapeutic for teenagers who are going through a tremendous amount of life-changing experiences in those formative years while approaching adulthood. In Part 5, Craven dissects how the films coming out of the 70's were a reflection of turbulent and volatile times in the world. And argues that the most important way to stay connected to your young audience is to listen to what they have to say. You can learn all this and more below! Welcome to Post Mortem: Wes Craven!