90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Our Favorite Wes Craven Horror Trailers

Seeing as it’s Halloween and all, we got extra spooky here at On Point to celebrate the creepiest American holiday. Our broadcast this Thursday looked at all the many reasons why we turn to horror again and again in films, books and TV shows. It’s a topic that guests director Wes Craven and authors Elizabeth Massie and Michelle Hodkin knew a good deal about.

Craven, that master of scary cinema, has been serving up big bowls of screams since 1971. “The most frightening monster you present to your audience is yourself,” he told us this Halloween, but we think there’s something to be said for the terrifying previews that a good horror film trailer can deliver. It’s the terror of the unknown, and the promise of a good scare waiting on the other side. We’ve collected some of our favorite trailers from some of Wes Craven’s most iconic films here.

“The Last House On the Left” (1972)

Craven’s first big hit, this psychological chiller has more than a few chills. We particularly like the clever rejoinder in the trailer: ‘To Avoid Fainting, Keep Repeating: It’s Only A Movie. Only A Movie.’

“The Hills Have Eyes” (1977)

This environmental / nature terror turn may be remembered for the squeamish scenes of torture, but we think the yelling, smash-cut filled trailer is a work of fright art in itself.

“A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984)

The creepy-clawed film that launched a thousand spinoffs, the trailer for the original Elm Street thriller is remarkable for how many of the iconic moments it gives away in its less than two minute duration. Suffice it to say, the actual film is really pretty scary.

“The People Under the Stairs” (1991)

Whether it’s plucky young kids or creepy suburban mothers that gets you screaming [A caller on our Halloween show asked why the sound of children laughing is so creepy], this trailer has it all. Plus, an army of hands and unsettling basement dwellers, too, if you’re curious or anything.

“Scream” (1996)

The original “Scream” might be remembered more for its masks than its clever conceit of a horror killer who is deeply familiar with the horror genre [guest Michelle Hodkin pointed out in our conversation on Halloween that modern horror writers have taken that concept on in full force, giving the fictional world a conscious knowledge of the standard horror tropes even as they occur around them], but it’s also ultimately a pretty scary ride.

 

What’s your favorite Wes Craven movie? What’s your scariest memory at the cinema? Share your thoughts below, or on Facebook, Tumblr and @OnPointRadio.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 31, 2014
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and Sauncho Smilax (Beninico del Toro) share a drink in a scene from the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film, "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment)

From “Interstellar” to “Into the Woods.” The biggest and best movies of the fall and holiday seasons. What to see, what to skip.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

 
Oct 30, 2014
Realtor Helen Hertz stands in front of one of her listings in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Hertz, a real estate agent for more than three decades, has seen firsthand what has happened to the market in the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis. (AP)

Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Awards Season 2014: The Movies Worth Your Time
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

What movies should you watch before 2014 comes to a close? Our critics offer their picks for the movies of the season right here.

More »
Comment
 
A Bit More On The History Of Quarantine
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

So this whole quarantine thing — why to do it, when to do it, and when to just say no.

More »
Comment
 
The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

More »
2 Comments