Tallying Up the Wes Craven Puns

TMZ, U.K.'s The Sun and others riff on the sale of late filmmaker's Hollywood Hills home.

TMZ claimed the exclusive this week on the news that Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles stars Josh and Matt Altman had sold the Hollywood Hills home of Wes Craven, who passed away last summer at age 76. In typical tmz.com website style, there were puns galore.


The cleverest TMZ pun comes later, at the bottom of the post. The final sentence, ‘The hills have buys,’ is of course a reference to Craven’s 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes. (Another ostensible riff, The Last House on the Left, is nixed by the fact that the property sold for $3.525 million is in fact the third-to-last house on the right.)

Other outlets punning with coverage of the purchase of the home, owned previously by actor Steve McQueen, include U.K.’s The Sun, which also liked “horror-ably,” and The Real Deal L.A., which termed the sale amount a “scary-good deal.” For what it’s worth, the L.A. Times “Hot Property” column opted for pun-free coverage.

P.S. As big McQueen fans, we might have opted for a reach-back to his connection with the property. Think: “Steve McQueen’s Former Abode Fetches a Magnificent Seven Figures.”