This is the first in an as-many-parts-I-want-it-to-be series on the creative genius of horror, Wes Craven. Aside from being the one figure i...
Why Wes Craven is a Genius: Part I of Many
So, Why is Wes Craven a Genius?
He critiques and pokes fun at the genre while still providing a thrill. As many of the Scary Movie spoofs have shown, it’s hard to make fun of horror and still scare the audience, but Craven manages to do just that with his skillful critiques of the genre. One such appraisal can be found at the opening of Scream 2 as Craven presents Maureen and Phil, a black couple attending a screening of Stab--a thinly veiled version of Craven’s original Scream. Maureen, who would rather go to a chick flick, describes it as a “white ass movie, with some dumb ass white girls, getting their white asses cut the fuck up.” As an academic, one can imagine Craven’s words coming out of Maureen's mouth as she explains to her date that “the horror genre is historical for excluding the African American element.”
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