1. 1. The Hills Have Eyes
    A deconstruction of the nuclear family, literally and figuratively. Brilliant concept executed beautifully on a microbudget.
  2. 2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    High concept slasher that explores suburban secrets, teen angst, and dreams. One of the most effective horror films with an existential villain!
  3. 3. Scream
    Post-modern slasher with smart characters and the twist of two killers surprised most of it's audience. It revived the genre for a reason.
  4. 4. The People Under the Stairs
    If Scream is horror satire, Stairs is horror comedy. Craven tackles gentrification and race/class relations and he does it well! The gore and slapstick doesn't reach the manic heights of Evil Dead II, but it's not supposed to.
  5. 5. Wes Craven's New Nightmare
    A precursor to Scream, New Nightmare deconstructs horror franchises and the power of horror icons in society. Freddy looks scarier than ever in this one.
  6. 6. Scream 2
    As if he isn't deconstructing genres and franchises, Scream 2 is the sequel making fun of sequels. It's more relentless than Scream and we lose Randy, but it's a fun ride! (P.S. Laurie Metcalf!)
  7. 7. Swamp Thing
    A more cartoony effort because that's what the story needs. It's not quite campy, but it comes close and it's aged well cause it's so fun!
  8. 8. The Serpent and the Rainbow
    An underrated, somewhat realistic take on zombies with a voodoo plot and political unrest in the background.
  9. 9. Last House on the Left
    Not an easy film to watch and there is a misfire comical subplot, but this revenge story was an even smaller scale version of Hills Have Eyes. It's his first film and you can see why families and suburbs and their fragility have become the main focus of Craven's films.
  10. 10. Red Eye
    A fun, self-contained thriller that is absurd, but also clever. Rachel McAdams is a badass heroine and Craven really milks the tension from two characters sitting next to each other on the plane.