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Exclusive Interview: Wes Craven (The Hills Have Eyes)

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Originally Posted by Devin
Even within one picture you might get a totally different group of people that sees your cut after you’ve tried to follow their notes. So they might have a totally different set of priorities. It’s very, very frustrating.
I can't even imagine how anyone would think that this system would be even remotely workable. It just sounds so arbitrary. Without precedent, how can any film makers have a frame of reference when bringing their cut before the MPAA. It sounds like they are deliberately making it obscure to baffle directors into submission.
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Q: One place where the MPAA can’t control you is Showtime, and I’ve heard that you might be doing an episode in the second season of Masters of Horror. Is this true?

Craven: It’s a possibility. I certainly don’t want to give the idea that I definitely am, because I’m working on a lot of things that are more my own, frankly. It would be nice to go in with that group of guys, all of whom I know, but I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to do that or want to. It’ll depend on a lot of factors. To this point I was working and didn’t have time to do it. I’m not sure it’s the best thing or not, frankly so.

Q: I’ll tell you from a fan point of view, we’d love to see it. And the guys who I’ve talked to who have done it all seemed to have a great time.

Craven: I’m sure of that. Mick is a great guy and he tells me they have complete freedom and so forth. If possible, I’ll do it. If I can find the script.
Isn't this the show that dropped Takashi Miike's sketch? Or did they decide to air it after all?
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Q: You’ve become a brand name, with “Wes Craven’s” appearing in front of a lot of films. Is that your seal of approval? How do you control that?

Craven: It’s been a tricky thing to control. When we were in our deal with Dimension films, it sort of had been slapped on more by the studio than by myself on projects that might or might not have been the greatest of films. I’m not going to get particular, but I think that was getting a little too sloppy. We’re being very careful about it now, which is one of the reasons we’re doing something we could produce and handle ourselves. With The Hills Have Eyes there was virtually no interference from the studio, only support.
I'm glad someone finally asked him what he thought about that "Wes Craven Presents" credit.
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You know... some people may not agree with me on this, but if there was a single person in Hollywood I could just sit down and have a conversation with, it'd be Wes Craven. Regardless of how some of his films turn out, he just screams 'brilliant' to me.
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Wes Craven has always seemed like a great, down to earth guy, and I've always enjoyed his films. Yes, I even think Cursed is pretty damn fun when mixed with alcohol. I only wish there was a question about Feast. I wish the Weinsteins would decide what the hell to do with that movie, instead of just sitting on it.
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Am I the only one who was disappointed by Red Eye? One of the least suspenseful "thrillers" I've seen in a while.
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Loved the interview. I want to see more thrillers ala RED EYE from Craven. When he stays focused, and has virtually no studio interference, his films are worthy of the stature that his name brings. And I guess a good script helps out every now and then.
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