Wes Craven

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Wes Craven

Wes Craven

A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren't so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?More Wes Craven [10/06/2011 05:10:28]
All of us have our individual curses, something that we are uncomfortable with and something that we have to deal with, like me making horror films, perhaps.More Wes Craven [10/06/2011 05:10:35]
I have a lot of fans who are people of color. I think, if nothing else, I kind of understand that sense of being on the outside looking in, culturally.More Wes Craven [10/06/2011 05:10:39]
I learned to take the first job that you have in the business that you want to get into. It doesn't matter what that job is, you get your foot in the door.More Wes Craven [10/06/2011 05:10:43]
A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren't so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction?More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All of us have our individual curses, something that we are uncomfortable with and something that we have to deal with, like me making horror films, perhaps.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Many, many things are dangerous in our world, commercials and TV are dangerous, and so is the world of sitcoms. But nobody does anything about them because they're turning in alot of money.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm writing a film called 'Bug.' It's an original script, and it's not about killer insects. It's a thriller set in a high school. The bug of the title refers to a surveillance device.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you think it, the camera will see it.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you're in a theater, people are texting, all around you. You have the little glowing screens everywhere. Think of how annoying that can be.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I was a kid, I was taken to something called Telenews in Cleveland by my best friend's father. My own father was gone by the time I was 5, I think, but this man would take us to Telenews at the end of World War II, and we'd watch all these newsreels. I'd seen real stuff. That kind of stuck in my mind.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My mother wouldn't even let me read DC Comics.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I came from a very strict background. [So if you want to make a scary movie] if you were raised as a fundamentalist, just pull all the skeletons out of your closet.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Last House offended a lot of people. The results in the theaters, even in Boston, reminded me a bit of things from when I was studying theater of the absurd, and the rise and the appearance of Ionesco plays, and things like that. Thinking, "My God, people actually are getting into fistfights. People are having heart attacks. People are actually trying to get into the projection booth to destroy the print."More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I wrote, I think, half a dozen films that were completely out of genre. Comedies, love stories, even one serious film about Vietnam, and we couldn't get backing for any of it. And we both sort of drifted from making, at that time, serious money on Last House to going through it all in the course of almost three years and only getting offers to do something scary again.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There was a generation of kids who were just kind of emulating distant heroes and wearing peace symbols, and parents who were thinking of themselves as liberal and removed from barbarity, but it also was the era of Vietnam. I very much was influenced - and I think the whole country was kind of in a state of shock - for the first time seeing the horror and cruelty of war.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've done a few interviews where I realized that 9/11 was the ultimate home invasion, not to be glib about it. You know, where the place that you think is safe and the people that you think are safe and far from evil are suddenly just slaughtered by it, and you have no control over it.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think the important thing about staying creative and staying sharp and original is not to look back too much.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have felt over the years a definite progression or arc from feeling guilty about what I had done with the first one [film], because certainly there was all that fundamentalist guilt that came pouring back in.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[I was] feeling like I'd done something horrible, "I'm a despicable person and I'm perverse," and all these things, to a sense of the power and the necessity, in a sense, of horror films and dealing with dark material.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I did have the resource of having taught Greek mythology and the history of Western civilization, and you can go back into the plays of Aeschylus and follow what happens when people seek revenge, and there are people plucking their eyes out. And Greek mythology is filled with all kinds of monsters and whatnot.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I realized that I really, almost by accident, had fallen into a labyrinthine, very powerful paradigm for dealing with these things through genre films. And once I realized that and realized the power of it, and the fact that because horror films aren't, in general, studio products - studios back them sometimes, but they don't try to meddle too much, because they kind of don't want to sully their skirts - you have a lot of freedom.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As long as you keep the audience on the edge of their seats, either scare them or keep them guessing, you can put anything in there that you want.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Something like Nightmare On Elm Street, to me, was kind of an examination of levels of consciousness and the pain of facing the truth, and how easy it is to fall asleep, or want to fall asleep.More Wes Craven [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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