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"I'm Into Survival": The Complex Feminism of Wes Craven

Over the course of his career, Craven evolved, first depicting women as one-dimensional victims, and finally allowing his female characters to...

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Is the "Final Girl" in Horror Movies a Feminist Concept?

Now, as a huge fan of horror movies, especially slasher films (I have a very weird and confusing crush on Freddy Kruger), and a feminist who...

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Why New Nightmare Has No Opening Titles

Wes Craven's New Nightmare took the franchise on a different path, and for that, it had to get rid of its opening titles. Here's why.

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The King of Horror’s Secret Feminism

But Craven, who died Sunday from brain cancer at age 76, was one of horror filmmaking's most complex writer-directors, and among his celebrated...

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Interview with Marianne Maddalena

I feel incredibly lucky to have had a chance to interview Marianne Maddalena, Producer of many of Wes Craven's most iconic films, including, of course, Scream (1995) which is highlighted in depth. She was Craven's closest and most frequent creative partner for over 20 years, and helped shape ...

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Why ‘The People Under the Stairs’ – And Wes Craven – Were Both Ahead of Their Time

The underlying theme of “The People Under the Stairs” — say-no-evil, hear-no-evil, see-no-evil — was enforced on the kidnapped children in the film. It was also a cultural axiom specifically applied to people that want to preserve the evil of society by pretending it doesn’t exist. It’s a highly unusual message for a horror film.

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How 'Scream' Changed The Way We See Women In Horror ...

Twenty years ago, director Wes Craven made Scream and changed horror ... Since 1996, horror has actually become a feminist-friendly genre.

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What The Final Girl In Wes Craven's New Nightmare Looks Like Today

Langenkamp, like many of her colleagues, portrayed a fictionalized version of themselves in "New Nightmare." Convinced by the movie version of Craven, she reprises her iconic Final Girl role one last time to defeat the infamous slasher.

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Wes Craven's Strongest Female Characters, Ranked

Between Scream's Sidney Prescott and A Nightmare on Elm Street's Nancy Thompson, who is the strongest female character in Wes Craven's...