"You haven't seen Shocker???"
I wish I had met the man and thanked him for creating Freddy Krueger. The Crispy One scared the shit out of me until I was, like, 11 (okay, maybe 12). My parents can attest to that. I can't count how many times I woke them up from shrieking because Freddy was under my bed or stalking the hallways of my school. In my dreams, that is. The first Craven-tilled Elm Street entry that I watched AND loved was New Nightmare, which is still my most revered Freddy feature.
He made other solid works. I dig The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Shocker (fun cheese), Deadly Blessing (goofy cheese), Swamp Thing and yep, Red Eye. Has Romero churned out a lean thriller in the last decade? I think not. But I didn't know him personally, and I'm willing to wager that most of you didn't either. I can only offer my condolences to his friends and family. Had no idea that he was badgered by brain cancer. Hmm, "badgered" is probably underselling it. Even when sincere, I'm a dickweed. *slaps forehead*
The horror community will miss you profoundly, Wes.