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Screams & nightmares : the films of Wes Craven
Robb, Brian J.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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PN1998.3.C72 R63 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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With "Screams And Nightmares", author Brian J. Robb covers Wes Craven's entire career, from his low-budget beginnings to his most recent box office hits. 225 illustrations.

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Booklist Review

Robb scans Craven's film work from the seminal Last House on the Left (1972) to Scream 2 (1997). Featuring stills from cult favorites (e.g., The Hills Have Eyes) as well as Craven's more mainstream hits and sporting a reasonably detailed filmography, the book is essentially what the fans have wanted. One chapter is lavished on the entire Nightmare on Elm Street series, though Craven was not directly involved in any episode after Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). Craven's ability to consistently craft box-office hits has guaranteed him ever larger budgets, despite which his features have retained their ooky charm. Robb is unremittingly positive about Craven, without sacrificing biographical value in tantalizing tidbits, such as that Craven's childhood was spent in a "deeply religious working class Baptist family," that give heart to amateur Freudians and other analysts. Based on interviews with Craven and the reporting of such genre-specific journals as Cinefantastique, GoreZone, and the always entertaining Fangoria, Robb's concoction is entertaining and informative about a recognized cinematic auteur. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

Until Scream (1996), director Craven's mainstream fame rested on the seven Nightmare on Elm Street films, whose level of invention and effects elevated them above the Halloween and Friday the 13th slasher series. Through personal interviews, secondary sources, and a wealth of photos, film-idol biographer Robb provides a sometimes worshipful picture of the Ohio-born, Fundamentalist-raised director. We witness a progression from low-budget shockers Last House on the Left (1972) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977) to the better-funded and -crafted The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), The People Under the Stairs (1991), and Vampire in Brooklyn (1995). Welcome attention is given the unsuccessful but enjoyable Swamp Thing (1982), although Robb forgets to discuss its lead character when examining a hallmark of Craven's work: the resourceful heroine. Just as shocking as Craven's subject matter is Robb's portrayal of how the Motion Picture Association of America sanitizes horror films. For larger public libraries and film collections.ÄKim R. Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.