No, we’re not going to track down Wes Craven on this Track Down Tuesday.  Unfortunately, Mr. Craven has passed away recently, as we’re sure you’ve all heard.  Truly a sad day when the guy who made us afraid to dream and look warily at every set of stairs we walked up has passed.  He’s gone to a place where even we can’t find him but we bid him a fond farewell with a little tear in our froggy eye.

Instead, we thought we would take this opportunity to look at some of the talent Wes Craven brought to us over the years.  So on today’s Track Down Tuesday (#TDT) we offer you: Wes Craven’s Actors.

WES CRAVEN ACTOR #1 – PETER BERG

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Peter Berg in SHOCKER

1989’s Shocker starred Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files’ Skinner) as Horace Pinker, a serial killer that comes back from the dead to exact revenge on those who brought him to justice.  His main opposition after returning from the grave is a young man named Jonathan who has a strange connection to the almost deceased Pinker.  Jonathan is played by no other than a young actor named Peter Berg.  If you don’t recognize Mr. Berg as an actor (and you probably SHOULD), you’ve probably seen his work behind the camera.  Berg went on to become quite an accomplished director with films like Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights, and Battleship.  We’ll forgive him for that last one but just because he was SOOOO dreamy in Shocker.

WES CRAVEN ACTOR #2 – VING RHAMES

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Ving Rhames in THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS

Before gracing the screens this summer in MI5 or being “pretty @#$%ing far from OK” in Pulp Fiction, Ving Rhames played the role of Leroy in Wes Craven’s 1991 masterpiece, The People Under The Stairs.  Leroy was pretty much the instigator of the entire movie but was offed pretty early on by the patriarch of a severely messed up family, pretty much starting the “black dudes die first” trope.

WES CRAVEN ACTOR #3 – ROSE MCGOWAN

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Rose McGowan in SCREAM

1996’s Scream was probably one of Wes Craven’s biggest commercial successes that spawned a host of sequels, parodies and a TV show currently on MTV.  It starred notable faces like Courtney Cox, Drew Barrymore and David Arquette, but it was also the first major role for future Charmed sister Rose McGowan. IF you, like us, refuse to count Pauly Shore movies as real movies, that is. Even if you do (Why?), Scream definitely catapulted Ms. McGowan into the public eye in a major way. Well, probably in two major ways to some people, judging by the photo above.

WES CRAVEN ACTOR #4 – SHARON STONE

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Sharon Stone in DEADLY BLESSING

One of his lesser-known and earliest films, 1981’s Deadly Blessing was about a group of killer Amish.  No really.  We really couldn’t make that up.  You see, a former member of the killer Amish (called “Hittites” in the film) is killed in a tractor accident. For some reason, the Amish blame his wife and decide she is a succubus.  Then Ernest Borgnine shows up.  As do some women from Battlestar and Knot’s Landing.  Then…um…well, people die.  Some live. Then, a REAL succubus shows up and…aw, hell.  We didn’t understand it, either. Not Wes’ best work, but it was one of his first.  It DID give us Sharon Stone, who shows up as a friendly neighbor who, for some reason, has a dream about spiders being shoved in her mouth while her best friend is molested by a snake.  Yep, that happens.  We told you we couldn’t make this up.

WES CRAVEN ACTOR #5 – JOHNNY DEPP

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Johnny Depp in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

Before Jump Street.  Before Captain Jack Sparrow.  Before he actually had his hands removed and replaced by scissors (he’s a method actor).  Johnny Depp had his very first on-screen role as Glen Lantz in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. And it really is, in our humble opinion, his finest work.  I mean, did he talk on a phone that well in Finding Neverland? No.  Did he have to get sucked into a bed, screaming in Sweeney Todd? NO.  Did he rock a belly shirt that well in Fear and Loathing? NO, he did NOT! Screw you, Academy!  You F’d up when you missed this one!

FUN FACT: Johnny wasn’t even supposed to audition for Nightmare.  He drove a friend to the audition and was pulling out of the waiting room by Wes Craven himself.  That friend? Jackie Earle Haley who went on to play Freddie himself in the 2010 remake of the film.

So, without further ado, we give you Wes Craven’s actors as you see them today.  Thank you, Wes.  We owe you a lot on many levels.

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Peter Berg Today

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Ving Rhames Today

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Rose McGowan Today

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Sharon Stone Today

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Johnny Depp Today

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