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Top 10 Wes Craven movies

My Soul To Take

Feature by Jack Foley

AHEAD of the releases of My Soul To Take on DVD and Blu-ray from April 4, 2011, we have decided to count down the top 10 Wes Craven horror flicks

So, here in reverse order are…

10. Red Eye (2005)

Killer: Jackson Rippner

Synopsis: A woman is taken hostage in her seat and blackmailed by a stranger sitting next to her on a routine flight where she is threatened with the murder of her father back home in Miami if she doesn’t cooperate in a plot to assassinate a politician staying at the hotel she manages.

9. My Soul To Take (2010)

Killer: The Riverton Ripper

Synopsis: In Wes Craven’s latest horror flick, a serial killer returns to his hometown of Riverton to track down the seven children who share the same birthday as the date he died.

8. The People Under The Stairs (1991)

Killer: Eldon Robeson/Dad and Mom

Synopsis: Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and can’t escape.

7. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Killer: Freddy Krueger

Synopsis: Wes Craven and Heather Langenkamp play themselves in this story set 10 years after the original ‘Nightmare’ movie opened. Heather’s life is turned upside down after she becomes stalked by a person who sounds like Nightmare villain Freddy Krueger. Shortly after a personal family tragedy, Heather is offered the part in “The Ultimate Nightmare.” With Wes Craven becoming increasingly tight-lipped about the script, it seems that a demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

6. The Last House on the Left (1979)

Killers: Sadie, Fred ‘Weasel’ Podowsk, Krug Stillo and Junior Stillo,

Synopsis: A couple of innocent girls are abducted, raped and murdered by a group of vicious murders. When they get lost in the woods, the criminals have found themselves in trouble when they seek shelter in the home of one of the girls they only just killed. Revenge is on the cards.

5. The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Killer: Dargent Peytraud

Synopsis: An anthropologist goes to Haiti to research a drug used in black magic rituals, which turns people into Zombies. The longer he stays in Haiti, the worse the situation becomes.

4. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Killers: Deformed Cannibals

Synopsis: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their van break down in an area closed to the public and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

3. Scream 2 (1997)


Killer: Ghostface

Synopsis: It has been two years since the tragic events at Woodsboro. Sidney Prescott and Randy Meeks are trying to get on with their lives, and are currently both students at Windsor College. Cotton Weary is out of prison, and is trying to cash in on his unfortunate incarceration. Gale Weathers has written a bestseller, “The Woodsboro Murders,” which has been turned into the film, “Stab,” starring Tori Spelling as Sidney. As the film’s play date approaches, the cycle of death begins anew. Dewey Riley immediately flies out of Woodsboro to try to protect Sidney, his “surrogate sister.” But as the number of suspects goes down, the body count goes up…

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Killer: Freddy Krueger

Synopsis: Nancy is having nightmares about a frightening, badly-scarred figure who wears a glove with razor-sharp “finger knives”. She soon discovers that her friends are having similar dreams. When the kids begin to die, Nancy realizes that she must stay awake to survive. Uncovering the secret identity of the dream killer and his connection with the children of Elm Street, the girl plots to draw him out into the real world and face off against … Freddy Krueger.

1. Scream (1996)

Killer: Ghostface

Synopsis: A killer known as “ghost face” begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the “Rules” of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.

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