With Halloween right around the corner, it's the time of year when high profile horror movies start filtering into theaters with the intention of giving audiences an old-fashioned case of the heebie-jeebies. The season kicks off in a few short weeks, and who would be better to get the ball rolling than genre legend Wes Craven?

The filmmaker's latest tale of terror, 'My Soul to Take,' tells the story of seven children born the night a notorious serial killer died. 16 years later, people start disappearing on the anniversary of the killer's death. Has the psychopath returned to murder the seven teens, as local legend foretold, or was he reincarnated as one of them the night he died?

It's a return to the fertile ground of the director's 'Nightmare on Elm Street' -- a film that made Craven and disfigured boogeyman Freddy Krueger a household name -- and will, with any luck, show audiences why horror hounds hold the filmmaker in such high esteem.

So in preparation for 'My Soul to Take's' release on October 8th, we're looking back at Craven's career in fear. Hit the jump to read more about this maestro of the macabre's finest work.
Wes Craven's New Nightmare Movie Poster
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
In Theaters on December 14, 1994

Reality and fantasy meet in unsettling ways in this installment of the long-running horror series, which... Read More

Vampire in Brooklyn Movie Poster
Vampire in Brooklyn
Based on 17 critics

In the wake of her mother's death in a mental institution, detective Rita Veder (Angela Bassett) is assigned... Read More

Scream Movie Poster
Based on 25 critics

The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen... Read More

A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Poster
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Based on 6 critics

In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert... Read More

The People Under the Stairs Movie Poster
The People Under the Stairs
In Theaters on October 28, 1991

When young Fool (Brandon Adams) breaks into the home of his family's greedy and uncaring landlords, he... Read More

The Hills Have Eyes Movie Poster
The Hills Have Eyes
Based on 4 critics

Wes Craven's cult classic about cannibalistic mountain folk on the trail of stranded vacationers in the... Read More

Last House on the Left Movie Poster
Last House on the Left
In Theaters on August 30, 1972

Teenagers Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head to the city for a concert, then afterward... Read More

Cursed Movie Poster
Based on 21 critics

In Los Angeles, siblings Ellie (Christina Ricci) and Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) come across an accident... Read More

Swamp Thing Movie Poster
Swamp Thing
In Theaters on June 12, 2006

On the verge of a breakthrough in his quest to wipe out world hunger, altruistic botanist Dr. Alec Holland... Read More

Deadly Friend Movie Poster
Deadly Friend
In Theaters on 1986

A teenage whiz kid (Matthew Laborteaux) puts his robot's brain in the head of a nearly dead girl (Kristy... Read More

The Serpent and the Rainbow Movie Poster
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Based on 13 critics

In a time of social and political unrest in Haiti, anthropologist Dennis Alan (Bill Pullman) travels... Read More

Shocker Movie Poster
In Theaters on 1989

After being captured for a series of gruesome murders, Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), a television repairman,... Read More

My Soul to Take Movie Poster
My Soul to Take
Based on 13 critics

In the small town of Riverton, a local legend tells of a serial killer's oath to come back and kill the... Read More

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