Director Wes Craven is blessed with the
instincts of a carnival showman: He possesses an unerring sense of what scares people.
Audiences will have the opportunity to be chilled by a sample of Cravens work from
the past four decades from his harrowing 1972 directorial debut LAST HOUSE ON
THE LEFT, to the wickedly frightening and uncanny THE HILLS HAVE EYES, to the
renters claustrophobic nightmare THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS.
Not only does Craven -a humanities professor turned filmmaker -have the innate ability
to tell a ripping good yarn, hes also on intimate terms with the myriad sources of
our primal fears. Whether its a world reverting to barbaric savagery, a long-buried
evil assuming supernatural form, or the average individuals sense of powerlessness
in a cruel universe, Craven is the storyteller for the job.
We are thrilled to welcome director Wes Craven to the Aero
Saturday, February 20 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: THE HILLS HAVE EYES, 1977, 89 min. Dir. Wes Craven.
A family is stranded in the California desert and is forced into battle against their
doppelganger, a "nuclear" family made up of outcast mutants! Ingenious, scary
and thrilling, with a cast of largely unknown performers that makes the premise all the
more disturbingly plausible.
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, 1972, MGM
Repertory, 83 min. Wes Cravens directorial debut is an audacious, grueling and
all-too-believable grindhouse remake of Ingmar Bergmans VIRGIN SPRING. A pack of
degenerate psycho killers led by the deliciously slimy David Hess unknowingly find a
nights lodging with one of their teen victims families, to their ultimately
Sunday, February 21 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, 1991,
Universal, 102 min. Dir. Wes Craven. Claustrophobic terror and a savage satire of
Reaganomics drive this tale of a teenager who tries to keep his family from being evicted
but ends up trapped in the home of his psychotic landlords.
THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, 1988,
Universal, 98 min. Dir. Wes Craven. Dedicated anthropologist Bill Pullman is on the track
of an elusive toxin used by voodoo priests to simulate death and feign zombie
resurrection. He meets beautiful Cathy Tyson (MONA LISA) and devilish Zakes Mokae,
invaluable guides to both a tropical paradise and an exotic hell of supernatural evil
seldom glimpsed by North American eyes.