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Screams and Nightmares: Films of Wes Craven Paperback – 29 May 1998
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With everything from black and white pics from the set to a detailed filmography at the back - did you know that Wes actually makes an uncredited appearance in Scream 2 as Man at Hospital - from The Last House on the Left to Scream 2, this book has everything you could ask for. With a look at Craven's films it also covers what happened to the Freddy Kruger franchise when Craven took a back seat, before finally returning with Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
This is one of the most interesting biography around, with a lot of detail and and artwork that hasn't been seen before. The real film enthusiasts will love it, and even those who aren't will stuggle to put this down. This is entertaining and informative. One of the best books around at the moment.
Screams and Nightmares is a carer profile of one of horror's great directors.
The work of Wes Craven is some of the best known horror movies out there and the man is equally if not greater than his works.
Highly recomended to fans
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he wasin college. The good and the bad from his work is brought to the forefront and dissected. A running theme thru the book is the effect that horror, and many of Wes' films, have had on the world. Is it good?. Is it harmful to children?. Is it responsible when someone commits a crime and says they did because of watching "Scream" or any other movie?. That is some of the interesting bits you will read about in this book. Author Brian J. Robb, an autobiogrpaher who has done work on such other people as Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, River Phoenix, and Leonardo DiCaprio, does a nice job of getting the information there and making it easily accessible and interesting to read. Granted, the book isn't entirely perfect. It's a thin and light book that could probably be read in one sitting. Also, many of the quotes seem like they were taken from many other sources. It doesn't feel like Wes had directly talked to this book or was involved in any interviews for it. I'm just guessing. It would of been better if it had a tad more in depth, but I'm not really complaining for as it is a great book. The "Nightmare On Elm Street" films are thoroughly researched and talked about here. It is kind of odd that every single one is accounted for since 4 of them had nothing really to do with Wes at all. I did get the feeling that Wes wasn't properly treated at time by New Line over the "Elm Street" series. These films were what really made Wes known, until a little movie called "Scream" came out to terrify theatergoers in 1996 and made Wes not only a household name again, but proved that he is master and back at the top of the horror list. Much talk and detail goes into all 3 of the "Scream" films as well. Overall, this is avery entertaining and enjoyable read. From his trouble with getting a film done, going without money, and the ever present cencorships board, and other things you will read about in this book, Wes Craven has had his struggles. But as always, he rolls with the punches and he always gets back on his feet again. This is a book that satisfy fans, newcomers to him and his work, and genre buffs all over the world.