Remember Freddy Kruger?? Scared the CRAP outta me as a kid!! This guy is probably THE most unlikely of people to be a horror master.. MmBut ey?? Here we are!! He is referred to as, 'the Maestro of Horror' (affectionately, o'course).. & in the 80's & early 90s - his crown glory days had cometh!! Solidifying him as a bonafide TRUE Hollywood Legend!! I was/still am.. A HUGE fan!! I've (kinda maybe sorta more or less) rooted for the villain.. As a kid more than now.. I LOVED FRED KRUGER!! Even though he scared the shat outta me - I couldn't resist watching on HBO (whom was ALL over it) in the 80s. I think everyone enjoyed his wit mix with sarcasm & animated attitude.. I think 'THAT' is what set Freddy apart from other ghouls. My friend, Bobby Morrison (RIP buddy), growing up was more a fan of Jason Vorhees & Michael Myers - but we'd always get into these debates over who'd win in a fight between Freddy & 'Jason'.. So when they finally did a film on it??? (Spoiler alert) JASON was pegged as the winner!! I was disappointed with the ending.. To say the least!! GREAT film though!! VERRY nice, (albeit creepo) opening!! Indeed! My FAVE scene in ALL the 'Nightmare' films, was where Fred kills the druggie girl - with needles (to replace the blades in the gloves), & quips - 'Whudda RUUSSHHH!' 👍 AhHahh - I lova dove it - I sho'll DO!! Without further ado - here is Wes' story...
He was born Wesley Earl Craven, in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 2, 1939... Into a STRICT CHRISTIAN FAMILY!! Young Wes was in the families Baptist Church, EVERY Sunday, for Sunday School!! Not an option!! He was in church,MOST, Wednesday nights!! Apparently, optional ~MOST~ Wednesday nights! 😉
What went WRONG?? You ask??
NOTTA THING! 😋
Young Wes had a vivid & 'out there,' imagination, as a child - & as a teen, even wrote a few 'non-horror 😋' plays.. (a couple he was actually 'in!') - for his church... Video or photos of that?? Anyone?? 'Contact me & lets make a deal, Lucille!' 😉 So he'd found a channel/outlet for his creativity @ an early age!!
Upon graduating high school - he entered this college.. (Wheaton College) Earning an undergrad major in English & Psychology (NO DOUBT, aiding in the overall thinking & mentality of the future, Freddy Krueger).. He then entered John Hopkins U, earning a masters in Philosophy & Writing... (Just setting himself up for something special!!)😉 (wink, wink!)
Wes briefly taught English @ Westminster College - & worked on staff at Clarkston U - before getting a nudge from fate!! 😋
That 'nudge,' led him here, where he worked as a sound editor.. There, he also met a a fellow employee involved in the porn industry!!