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Summer of Fear (1978)

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Commentary 1: Director Wes Craven and producer Max Keller Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on May 3rd, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
This commentary between Max Keller and "Master of Horror" Wes Craven finds two old friends reminiscing about their collaboration in the late '70s. Much time is devoted to "Summer of Fear," the Made-for-TV effort that also found success overseas theatrically. But mainly, the track fills in a very crucial period in the career of Wes Craven. How 'Fear' was his first "Major" production, made with a full Union crew, shot on 35 mm, and produced for network television. The result was that Craven became legitimized in the eyes of producers around Hollywood. The comments to on-screen action are present but sparse. Wes recounting the particulars of working with actors and wild animals in the 100 plus temps of Southern California is rather entertaining, and the overall listen is fine. The second half falls prey to some long gaps of silence, and only interrupted for casual musings on the action on-screen. But, I'd say the first half hour is very interesting for fans of Craven's work, and captures the true serendipitous moment that led him into the mainstream. 5/10