With Halloween only a few days away, every non-horror site in the universe is scrambling to come up with their very own list of scary Halloween movies. Entertainment Weekly is no exception, but when they want a horror movie guide, they don't hand it over to some staff writer--instead they call up Wes Craven and convince him to pen the piece for them. Craven's list is up at EW.com as we speak and it's a fascinating read.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Craven's list is that the newest film featured on it is 1973's Don't Look Now--a creepy film from director Nicolas Roeg that starred Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. The rest of the piece is comprised of films from the 1960s and earlier.

The choices aren't particularly controversial (although seeing Antonioni's Blow-Upgiven a spot was a bit of a surprise, as was the exclusion of Friedkin's The Exorcist--a film I'd have thought might have resonated more with Craven given his strict religious upbringing), but what sets this article apart from the 8 million other Halloween horror movie lists you'll read this week is the amount of depth and critical insight Craven pours into each description.

For example, here's a line from his comments on Murnau's Nosferatu:

"Thin, malformed, huge-eyed; it is like some grotesquely elongated and aged fetus from the womb of Hell, helpless in its need to devour."

Hard to imagine today's younger crop of gore-meisters ever describing something quite that eloquently, isn't it?
categories Movies, Horror