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Making the Most of the Nightmare: A look at all the scares Wes Craven left behind

Making the Most of the Nightmare: A look at all the scares Wes Craven left behind

Before David Lynch starting peeling the paint off the white picket fence, Wes Craven, who died at the age of 76 this past Sunday, was already sharpening it for a stake in the heart of American values. A sort of bizarro Mr. Rogers, Craven was a kind but unfiltered paternal figure who was more likely to let the boogeyman in the closet team up with the monster under the bed than sweetly tell you they weren't real. Like screenwriter/director Paul Schrader, Craven was raised religious without access to cinema, so he used the form to interrogate the sexual hang-ups and rigid familial codes of his upbringing. Craven's master's thesis at Johns Hopkins University was a novel about...

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