Alice Cooper and Slash Pay Tribute to Wes Craven
Craven, who died at age 76 on Aug. 30 after being diagnosed with brain cancer, was responsible for some of the most successful and influential horror films of the '80s and '90s, most notably the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises. He was also one of the first directors to realize the potential for hard rock and heavy metal in horror, and eagerly recruited some of rock's hardest-hitting acts of the era to round out several of his soundtracks.
While it didn't perform well with audiences or critics, 1989's Shocker offers a good example of how Craven used music to enhance his more aggressive films, with a soundtrack that boasted original recordings from Alice Cooper, Megadeth, and members of Kiss, Van Halen, Whitesnake and Mötley Crüe.
Cooper continued his involvement with Craven a couple of years later, when he appeared as Mr. Underwood, the abusive childhood guardian of Nightmare on Elm Street franchise villain Freddy Krueger, in 1991's Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. Cooper shared a still from the film in his Twitter tribute to the director, calling him a "horror legend and an old friend."
So widely felt was Craven's influence that you could hardly be a horror fan without absorbing his filmography — and that definitely seems to be the case with Slash, a noted genre enthusiast who, in recent years, has moved on to producing and scoring his own horror films. He shared his own grief over Craven's passing with a tweet thanking the director for all the years of entertainment:
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