Wes CravenWes Craven has taken over YouTube. The legendary director of such films as A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Scream trilogy and Red Eye has control of the YouTube front page for Halloween as well as the Google homepage logo doodle, which is a holiday tradition going back to the early days (1999). The tradition of taking over YouTube on Halloween is a newer one which started last year when Halloween director and rocker Rob Zombie had the reigns.

We had a chance to ask Wes what he thought of the explosive growth in web video content. Google Halloween doodle 2008“I’m all for human expression, no matter how or where,” he told us. Clearly, he likes some of what he’s seeing out there. He had a chance to pick his Halloween favorites from the vast YouTube library and feature them on the front page as well as his own official channel.

We took a look at his picks and he’s chosen a mix of web series and one-off videos ranging from dark and scary to absurdly awesome. Here’s the run-down: (web series are in italics)