The filmmaking world lost a legend when horror mastermind Wes Craven sadly passed away August 30, 2015 at the age 0f 76, after a battle with brain cancer. Craven’s contributions to horror can’t be overstated, as the former pornography editor and writer not only created some of the most iconic characters and films in the genre, but also repeatedly reinvented himself as a defining filmmaker in whatever decade he found himself in (disturbing revenge thrillers in the 70s, teen slashers in the 80s, self-referential meta-commentary in the 90s). While Craven’s filmography is definitely filled with some stinkers, any horror purist will tell you that he is absolutely one of the greatest filmmakers to ever grace the darker side of cinema. Wes Craven had many influential films over the course of his 40-plus-year career, but these 10 stand out as his crowning achievements.
10. Swamp Thing (1982)
An adaptation of the comic book character of the same thing, 1982’s Swamp Thing is no doubt a hokey affair by today’s standards, filled with cheesy special effects and campy dialogue. That being said, Swamp Thing falls into the “so bad, it’s good” camp and is an enjoyable viewing experience that pays more than a passing homage to the science fiction films of the 1950s. Sure, it doesn’t reach the heights of Craven’s best work by any stretch of the imagination, but pulling off a great B-movie is a worthy accomplishment in its own right. Plus, it’s hard for horror fans accustomed to the genre’s liberal use of full-frontal nudity to do much better than the gorgeous Adrienne Barbeau, who bares all here.