Wes Craven. The name is enough to instill terror and excitement into genre movie lover’s hearts; in this case the genre being slasher and anything closely resembling it. He brought a certain amount of dignity to the B horror/movie genre and made it into the big league with ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and the ‘Scream’ movie series. Both the films have inspired numerous spin-offs, parodies, sequels, prequels and TV series. Wes Craven is an original in the true sense of the term and his movies are still a hit on the satellite, DVDs and classic movie theaters. To be very honest all his films are worth watching if you don’t have to write about them to earn your bread and butter but the list below highlights the top movies of Wes Craven selected from his impressive filmography. You can watch some of these best Wes Craven movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Scream 3 (2000)
Over the years the ‘Scream’ franchise has become a sort of identity for Wes Craven. That is to say that even those who are not familiar with his other works have at least seen or heard about the ‘Scream’ movies. To be fair what’s there not to like in these films. Damsels-in-distress targeted by a deranged killer is not something filmmakers prior to Wes Craven have not shown on-screen but he adds a stylish and you-could-have-never-guessed twist to each of his films that you cannot help but appreciate his innovativeness that is evident in each frame. Neve Campbell reprises Sidney Prescott with her characteristic vulnerability and never-die-in-the-hands-of-a-killer attitude. The film revolves in and around a film set and utilizes all the traditional tropes of a slasher film to deliver an enjoyable but not-so-original thriller.
11. Music of the Heart (1999)
The unusual combination of Wes Craven and Meryl Streep definitely must have posed more than a few questions at the time of its release. Even today it takes the new fans of the director aback. ‘Music of the Heart’ is far from perfect; its tendency to do good, be good and desperately trying to project goodness gets tiring after a while. It goes without saying that the only saving grace in the film is Meryl Streep, whose calculated performance balances the overdone and holier than thou tone of the film. The Oscar nomination was well deserved indeed. The film isn’t exactly a failure on the part of the director as it evoked mixed reactions from diehard fans of the director. They were torn between praising Streep for her performance and whether or not to encourage the director to venture more out of his comfort zone. The fact that Wes Craven never again dared to make a full length feature where the protagonist is an ordinary human being with ordinary problems speak for the outcome of the film itself.