Remembering Wes Craven, the horror master that got into our heads
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As a general rule, those that work in horror dont get a ton of respect. Part of its the B-movie ghetto of the genre itself; part of its the indelicate work of plumbing the subconscious. Allowing people to confront the cruel, grisly truths of life through storytelling is an essential form of catharsis, but it doesnt necessarily make for polite dinner conversation. So when I heard last night that Wes Craven, the writer-director behind movies like A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream, had died at the age of 76, I jumped online, expecting token mentions and minor blurbs but I found something else instead.