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.
Deadly Friend
In Theaters on October 10th, 1986

A teenage whiz kid (Matthew Laborteaux) puts a robot's brain in a girl's (Kristy Swanson) head. Read More

The Serpent and the Rainbow
In Theaters on February 5th, 1988

A drug company sends a Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman) to Haiti for voodoo zombie powder. Read More

In Theaters on October 27th, 1989

Dreams link policeman's (Michael Murphy) son (Peter Berg) to killer TV repairman (Mitch Pileggi). Read More

The Hills Have Eyes
In Theaters on February 1st, 2002

A desert cannibal (James Whitworth) and his clan attack a stranded Cleveland family. Read More

Wes Craven's New Nightmare
In Theaters on December 14th, 1994

Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) haunts set of seventh Elm Street movie. Read More

My Soul to Take
Based on 13 critics

A serial killer stalks seven children who were born on the same day. Read More

The Last House on the Left
In Theaters on August 30th, 1972

Parents of a murder victim (Sandra Cassel) torture the killers. Read More

Based on 21 critics

Siblings (Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg) search for the werewolf that attacked them. Read More

Vampire In Brooklyn
Based on 17 critics

Vampire (Eddie Murphy) seeks N.Y. cop (Angela Bassett) destined to be his bride. Read More

Swamp Thing
In Theaters on June 12th, 2006

Government agent (Adrienne Barbeau) seeks scientist (Ray Wise), finds monster who likes her. Read More

Based on 25 critics

A psycho killer targets a past victim's daughter (Neve Campbell). Read More

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A Nightmare on Elm Street
Based on 6 critics

Freddy Krueger, a badly burned boogeyman with razors on his glove, haunts teens in their dreams. Read More

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The People Under The Stairs
In Theaters on October 28th, 1991

Ghetto boy (Brandon Adams) learns landlords (Everett McGill, Wendy Robie) have a secret. Read More

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