With the recent release of My Soul to Take on DVD and the of course the return of Scream to our screens, we here at LoveHorror thought it was time to take you through our favorite frightening films from the wicked and warped Wes Craven.
A master of the genre we give you the essential movies from the man behind some of horror’s most memorable movies. To add a little flavour to it, we have even listed them in order of the main killer’s ‘Kill Factor’!
8. Red Eye (2005)
Killer: Jackson Rippner
Synopsis: A woman is taken hostage in her seat and blackmailed by a stranger sitting next to her on a routine flight where she is threatened with the murder of her father back home in Miami if she doesn’t cooperate in a plot to assassinate a politician staying at the hotel she manages.
7. Shocker (1989)
Killer: Horace Pinker
Synopsis: After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who managed to catch him using a strange connection to the killer from within his dreams and his very own past.
6. The Last House on the Left (1972)
Synopsis: A couple of innocent girls are abducted, raped and murdered by a group of vicious murders. When they get lost in the woods, the criminals have found themselves in trouble when they seek shelter in the home of one of the girls they only just killed. Revenge is on the cards.
One of Wes Craven’s first creations.
5. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Killer: Dargent Peytraud
Synopsis: A anthropologist goes to Haiti to research a drug used in black magic rituals, which turns people into Zombies. The longer he stays in Haiti, the worse the situation becomes.
4. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Killer: Deformed Cannibals
Synopsis: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their van break down in an area closed to the public and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
3. My Soul to Take (2010)
Killer: Abel Plainkoff
Synopsis: Abel seeks revenge on the teenagers from a small town from beyond the grave in one of Craven’s more recent creations.
And interesting middle ground taking elements from both Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street, there are plenty of jumps and stabs on offer, courtesy of the mysterious, masked murderer.
2. Scream (1996)
Synopsis: A killer known as “ghost face” begins killing off teenagers. As the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the “Rules” of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.
Killer: Freddy Krueger
Synopsis: Nancy is having nightmares about a frightening, badly-scarred figure who wears a glove with razor-sharp “finger knives”. She soon discovers that her friends are having similar dreams. When the kids begin to die, Nancy realizes that she must stay awake to survive. Uncovering the secret identity of the dream killer and his connection with the children of Elm Street, the girl plots to draw him out into the real world and face off against… Freddy Krueger.
Arguably Wes Craven’s finest creation!