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Wes Craven chats about the future, for that is where he'll be spending the rest of his life!

Hey folks, Harry here... Ya know... some studio needs to save Wes Craven... He's being tormented on CURSED... Miramax apparently lost American McGee's ALICE property... Whoever has it... get Wes involved, he's got to come out of this Dimension dementia that he's in. I mean, his next released film will be CURSED and publicly "he didn't really want to talk about it..." Where's the passion, the heart, the soul that creates film? Personally, I hope Wes goes off into the mountains somewhere... the sierra madres... why not? Find his vein, bag up the gold that pulses and make it glimmer on that screen again! Maybe he'd be perfect for that remake of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS... he could set it in Hollywood, play the the McCarthy role himself... Trying to be corrupted by the vegetable brained madmen that run the town... the end of the film is him ripping the screen in two, coming out life size on the screen in the audience of each showing, screaming that they are here already!

Hi Harry,

I just got back from the SCREAMFEST screening of Scream and a Q&A with Wes Craven. Some tidbits from the Q&A...

SCREAM 4....Craven said THERE WILL NOT BE A SCREAM 4, at least not with his involvement. He said that the Scary Movie movies basically killed the possibility of a Scream 4, and he isn't interested in returning to that story.

CURSED....He didn't really want to talk about it, but he mentioned that things are coming together again and that they're starting up shooting November 14 for a release date in 2004.

ALICE....he mentioned that Miramax just recently lost the project to somebody else, so now he won't have any involvement in the project.

HILLS HAVE EYES REMAKE....He said that he and Patrick Lussier are serious about doing a remake of Hills Have Eyes, with Craven producing and Lussier directing.

He also mentioned that he really wants to start writing again, so maybe we'll see a new movie by WRITER/director Wes Craven soon.

Call me SpeedFreak.

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  • Oct. 13, 2003, 4:29 a.m. CST


    by Trinity's Gusset

    Its monday morning. who gives a fuck about this topic.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 4:37 a.m. CST

    wes craven is an overrated hack

    by MXPitcairn

    His old films, if you watch them now, are just embarressing. Especially a film called Shocker, which is exactly that. Laughable dialogue throughout, which is a trademark with all of Craven's early films. I've never understood the regard this guy is held in, even the original Elm St. film is pretty lame by today's standards. If you haven't watched it for a while, do so and you'll see what I mean. Heather L is a B-grade actress by anyone's standards. The Hills Have Eyes etc. - they are all pretty much excrement in the light of day. He gave Depp a start - and that's about all he did.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Wes Craven is sorta like John Carpenter, stuck in horror/sci fi

    by Spacesheik

    It's kinda sad.But Craven had some success with the SCREAM films but he's also made some shitty films like DEADLY FRIEND and THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS. He's kinda like jonn Carpenter likes to have his name above the title, thinks of himself as n auteur ("Wes Craven's Dracula") but really he is not that effective at shooting, staging, editing horror. And his teenagers and horror schtick is getting old anyway.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 4:50 a.m. CST

    More Meryl?

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    "MUSIC OF THE HEART 2"!!!!!! "MUSIC OF THE HEART 2"!!!!!! THE HORROR!!! THE HORROR!!! NOTHING SCARES THE SHIT OUT OF THE WHITE PEOPLE THAN INNER CITY KIDS PLAYING IN A SCHOOL BAND!!!!!...And thus, I will have nightmares now! - - - George, The 7th Chicken!!!!

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Wes 'Horror' Craven

    by Trinity's Gusset

    OK, i've woken up now. Whenever i saw one of his films back in the 80's, i was always disappointed, and i liked EVERY horror movie when i was young. John Carpenter's earlier stuff holds up spectacularly well. Nothing poor Wes does has held up at all. Poor 'Scream' has aged soooo badly, partly because it was copied so many times by lesser mortals, but partly because its, well, so dated. Pulp Fiction was copied to death, but its still great. yes it is.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 5 a.m. CST

    I really Wished Wes Craven would have directed the American Vers

    by MentallyMariah

    that was a cool creepy slice of Japanese Freak Pie and Wes would have been perfect of adapting the story of Ghosts that Haunt the Internet (No Pulse isn't like that stupid shit!! ) I think Wes should now focus on coming up with something really ORIGINAL and SCARY like what he did with his classic original Nightmare...he should make something that would really freak the fuck out of audiences...We need to be scared so bad!! I have given up on John Carpenter, and to me I guess the future of Horror really lies with Fresh Young Talent like Mike Mendez and Lucky McKee...Oh okay I'll slide Eli Roth in there...

  • "If I wasn't right, there wouldn't be this cacophony of scissor fingered outrage that has sprung up out of the mattress in the sports writer community, brother."

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Just one question

    by My ass

    Why is that guy humping the poor chicken on the left? And who cares about Craven? Bad director ever since, the most overrated one. Forgettable.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 5:27 a.m. CST

    You're being overly critical.

    by METHOS

    Craven's "The People Under the Stairs" was decent. I always enjoyed "The Serpent and the Rainbow." The Carpenter comparison is valid since they were both having work distributed by MCAUniversal in the 1980s. Despite it all, the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is still a modern horror classic. Best Wishes,

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 6:43 a.m. CST


    by Dr strange

    "The pills have eyes" is the best "Hulk Hogan as the baddie" yet!.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 7:16 a.m. CST

    He's either back on the drugs...

    by jimmythesaint

    ... or off them. Something's happened, no way should he ever, EVER consider remaking THE HILLS HAVE EYES. I'm guessing Michael Berryman would play Jupiter, which would just be fockin' weird like. Make THE HILLS HAVE EYES III instead, if you must (no I'm not counting MIND RIPPER).

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 10:21 a.m. CST

    And just for the record, Wes Craven "jumped the shark"...

    by slone13

    ...WAY before Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back. God I hate that term. "jumped the shark" People still actually say that? It's so 3 years ago.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I thought this was about a Wes Craven remake of "Plan 9 From Out

    by Dataset

    With the quote from The Great Criswell and all...

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 12:02 p.m. CST

    American version of Kairo?

    by CuervoJones

    American versions are the most stupid things ever created

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 1:44 p.m. CST

    by W.Payton34

    New here, so hi everyone. Just curious if anybody knows what Wes Craven thought about "Freddy vs. Jason", whether he liked it or not.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 1:44 p.m. CST

    No one mentions Last House on the Left?

    by Curious Dr Humpp

    I think Craven should be buried along with other relics of bad 80's horror. He made only one great movie, and one more that was just original enough in its time to still be widely recognized. And these comparisons to Carpenter are crap. They are at oppostite ends of the spectrum. Carpenter = a string of great films with some disapointing misses, Craven = a string of duds with a couple notable hits.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by soene

    The 'Scream' movies are just trash. There is no interest in them. No inherent ideas behind the stories. Not cohesive. There is no morality, philosophy or social-political point of view in them. Unlike '60s and '70s horror cinema, contemporary horror remains on the surface of things. It is eye candy, effects cinema -it doesn't probe any deeper than that. Films like 'The Innocent', 'The Wicker Man', 'Les Diaboliques', 'Obstruction', 'Peeping Tom', 'Belle de Jour',... they had something to say! Gave you stuff to think about, which is the entire raison d'

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 2:51 p.m. CST



    Craven is cool. But he needs to drop that talentless shit of a director Patrick Lussier before he ruins everything Craven ever does. Dracula 2000 sucked cock.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by BillEmic

    I thought that, supposedly, the kinks had been worked out of CURSED and that the new werewolf effects looked amazing? I guess this isn't true. It's a shame. I thought Christina Ricci starring a Wes Craven film would be something worthwhile - although, the rest of the cast reads like a "who's who" of Hollywood has-beens, past and present: Skeet Ulrich, Corey Feldman, Shannon Elizabeth, Mandy Moore, and Scott Baio. It's the kind of thing that makes you shake your head and say, "What the hell?". This could have been a decent werewolf flick. Of course, perhaps it was doomed from the start, as it would be following DOG SOLDIERS and GINGER SNAPS, two of the absolute best horror flicks of the past seven years, both about werewolves. Maybe Craven should stick to original material.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 4:16 p.m. CST

    as a fan of early craven movies,

    by JoeStokowski

    i'd like to point out how lame that crowd probably was at that screamfest.. "this is real horror."

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 4:19 p.m. CST

    american mcgees ALICE

    by Bourne GreyElf

    OH NOOOOOOO!!!! There won't be an ALICE movie!!?? SHit! that is an awesome video game, I can't believe its not gonna get made. shit, it would have been perfect is craven was doing it....dammit all to hell.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Why does Craven feel obliged to stick to horror?

    by Kung Pow Kayle

    OK, so he made his name in that genre, but really, a guy who would spend that much time interested in that sort of thing and wasn't a film maker would be under surveillance or something. I agree, his good films do date badly. So, why not try something different Wes? Only, don't do a Coppola/'Jack' type deal.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I love Wes Craven

    by _pi_

    I rarely speak up here, but I feel obliged to at this moment. Wes Craven is one of the most unfairly maligned directors in recent memory. Screw all of you! Last House is a classic, whether you think it deserves to be or not. The Hills Have Eyes is actually much, much more effective than I thought it would be (watched it for the first time two days ago and really liked it), Nightmare on Elm Street is the best 80s slasher, New Nightmare perhaps one of the smartest horror films ever made, and the first two Scream films are terrific entertainment! I know I've left out a bunch of his stuff, but in my mind these films are more than enough validify him as a great director. And one other thing - all the films he's written have a POINT and are not just vapid, insipid, terrible nonsensical films like some really bad horror films like The Mangler. And Craven gives fantastic audio commentaries on DVDs and is fun to watch in documentaries. I think he rocks.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 6:53 p.m. CST

    what really deserves all this print....

    by maceodkat

    Is the lost project for McGee's Alice. For those who haven't played this fantasic twist on a classic tale, go to your local walmart/megaplex and look in the bargin bin.. I picked up my copy for under $15.00 out the door. Visually great and terrific voice acting.. The only reason I bought that game was the knowledge that it was picked up and being prepped for translation... Great spin and horrific creatures = a perfect horror film... Harry make sure this movie gets made... Craven or not.. Mace out

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 7:08 p.m. CST

    his wife left him for Sharon Stone (seriously!)

    by beamish13

    Sharon Stone threw her out shortly therafter.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 7:10 p.m. CST

    re: why does Craven only do horror

    by beamish13

    four words: music of the heart

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 7:11 p.m. CST

    but on the other hand, Carpenter and Craven are doing much bette

    by beamish13


  • Oct. 13, 2003, 8:46 p.m. CST

    When is Craven going to make a Good Movie?

    by ouagadougou

    I agree with others.... All this mediocre horror shtuff. There must be a good script in him. A story worth telling to more than gore seeking teenagers.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 8:47 p.m. CST

    You fuckin' pricks

    by Indiana Clones

    A Nightmare On Elm Street & People Under The Stairs are awesome. Scream and Scream 2 are fucking masterpieces. Here's hoping Craven blows us away again with something great again soon.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I don't much care for most "Horror" movies....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    Teenage dimwits get hacked up by lurking maniac. Yawn. But I do like Craven. He's the only one who shook up the genre conventions. The first and last Nightmare movies, remaking Bergman in The Last House, redefining the genre again in the first two screams.The People Under the Stairs wasn't horror perse, but a very under-rated modern day reworking of the brothers Grimm. Brilliant. All of you bad-mouthing Craven can kiss my ass. You are all ungrateful ignorant cretins. Go back to your Jason Vorhees trash.

  • Oct. 14, 2003, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Alice movie? Sweetness!

    by Durendal

    I loved the game. Very creepy and atmospheric. Wes Craven would be a good choice to direct, but I really hope that Tim Burton winds up with it. I can't think of a better director for that project.

  • Oct. 14, 2003, 4:23 p.m. CST

    New Nightmare did rock

    by chrth

    Kudos to the poster above, that was a pretty dang smart film (and in many ways you can see the ideas behind Scream perculating therein). I love the Scream trilogy, although I do see where some of the bashing comes from, but in the end, Stu roxxors (although why did he kill his big-tit gf?!? what's up with that?! ... Gaaaaaaaay)

  • Oct. 15, 2003, 1:55 a.m. CST

    CRAVEN IS GOD and I agree with the poster that said that he shou

    by chien_sale

    I would like to see him do science-fiction: if an unproven director like Peter Jackson was given free hand in directing an epic fantasy trilogy, I don`t see why West could not get approve something bold and ambitious like that. But in sci-fi. Get an actor who would be interested and it`s a go.

  • Oct. 15, 2003, 2 a.m. CST

    To the posters saying he`s overrated and to Miramax: Fuck you!

    by chien_sale

    The guy reinvented horror and he has trouble getting films made. He whore himself in directing Scream when nobody wanted to do it in Hollywood, generated millions for Miramax and then they continuelly screw him into impossible deals. Harvey Weinstein is Satan.

  • Oct. 15, 2003, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Strike Three...

    by chien_sale

    At least the guy is thinking about writing. Freddy`s New Nightmare proved that he can spin a mad script his eyes closed; It was brilliant. Hey, it worked wonders for M. Night Shayanalan to do your own material.

  • Oct. 15, 2003, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Damn, another Werewolf film that will suck!!!

    by chien_sale

    Me again. Yea, all the genre film companies owned by corporations like New Line and Dimension are low-lives creating evil hell holes that are killing the genres and what`s good about the bizz(excepted LOTR). They have no creativity and only think about the green.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Craven and Carpenter

    by Spacesheik

    If you think SHOCKER or VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN or DEADLY FRIEND or PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS are any good, my goodness you need help. Craven's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and HILLS HAVE EYES and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and the Truffautesque, brilliant NEW NIGHTMARE were home runs, no doubt about it. When he's good he's very good and when he's bad he's terrible. But unlike Carpenter, who seemed to have done his strongest work early in his career - ASSAULT ON PRECINT 13, HALLOWEEN, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE THING, THE FOG - Craven, can surprise once in a while. Carpenter however has not done a coherent, thrilling film since THE THING. Not PRINCE OF DARKNESS, not THEY LIVE, not IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, not ESCAPE FROM L.A. not VAMPIRES, not GHOSTS OF MARS. Carpenter for some reason can't seem to make entertaining, rousing films anymore.