Each Time Wes Craven Reinvented Horror

More than just a director, Wes Craven—who died on Sunday at the age of 76—reinvented the horror genre each time he embarked upon a new film. Beginning his career with “The Last House on the Left,” Craven discarded any notion of a typical horror film by using ultra-realism and grainy footage to shock viewers and turn stomachs. After Hollywood began replicating his style, Craven pivoted; introducing Freddy Krueger to the world in the blood-soaked slasher film “The Nightmare on Elm Street.” His last major turn came in the form of “Scream,” a film that spoofed the then stagnant nature of horror with clever, yet terrifying, satire.