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Wes Craven's New Nightmare - Sunday, October 16 at 2:30am EST (*The late, late edition)
When New Nightmare first premiered in 1994, the reality meets fiction approach was so real people had time differentiating between the two. Since knowledge is power, here's five very real things to know about Wes Craven - RIP!
1. Wes actually started his career directing x-rated (that means porn, team) films under a string of pseudonyms. Also? People have speculated that he was involved in the production of Deep Throat. Wes, how scandalous - and hot!
2. Wes didn't ask Johnny Depp, who made his feature film debut in the original Nightmare on Elm Street, to be a part of New Nightmare because by 1994 Johnny was a big star and Wes was too afraid to ask. Post production, Johnny told Wes that he would have been happy to do it. Ask and ye (maybe) shall receive, team.
3. Sure, we all know him as a director, but some lucky students will get to remember him as Professor Craven. Before breaking into the film industry, Wes taught English and the humanities. Oh to be a fly on the wall of those classrooms.
4. His first film, The Last House on the Left, was so …er…graphic (ummm…yeah. Google it for yourselves), that it was banned in the UK until the 1990s.
5. After having a lunch meeting with Heather Langenkamp (THE Nancy Thompson) who told Wes about some of her own real-life horror stories, Wes decided that Heather's real-life stories were more interesting than any of the Elm Street sequels (#shade) and thus the pseudo reality nature of New Nightmare was born.