Monday, August 31, 2015
Freddy Krueger’s daddy dies
Cleveland’s Wes Craven, who put the capital H in Horror movies, died Sunday at the age of 76.
This is the guy who unleashed Freddy Krueger onto a terrified audience in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984, leading to a plethora of sequels.
The former Clarkson College professor in Potsdam, New York, also released “Last House on the Left” in 1972, about a Manson-like group raping and torturing. In 1977 came “The Hills Have Eyes” about a family terrorized by cannibalistic mutants.
It was only two months ago that Jeff Rice, who concocted “The Night Stalker” starring Darrin McGavin, also passed away. That’s frightening.
To read PD and former BJ entertainment critic Mark Dawidziak’s brilliant article about Craven, click on http://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/index.ssf/2015/08/wes_craven_1939-2015_soft-spoken_horror_master_from_cleveland.html#incart_m-rpt-1