Wes Craven

Wes Craven

Highest Rated: 94% A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985)

Birthday: Aug 02, 1939

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Though he originally intended to be a college professor, writer-director Wes Craven ditched academia to become one of the most widely recognized practitioners of the horror film, eventually becoming synonymous with the genre itself. After emerging onto the filmmaking scene with the reviled revenge flick "Last House on the Left" (1972), Craven worked as an editor and unproduced screenwriter until his next film, "The Hills Have Eyes" (1977), a cult classic that helped establish a fan base that propelled his career forward. He continued along with several mid-level horror films before striking gold with "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984), which introduced the malevolent Freddie Krueger to the world, one of the most iconic horror villains of all time. Though the film spawned numerous sequels that earned over $500 million at the box office, Craven was unable to reap the rewards due to signing away all financial rights in order to get the film made. Despite such a colossal business error, the director went on to make numerous film and television projects throughout the ensuing years, most of which lacked the ingenuity and freshness of the original "Nightmare." But he finally had a large scale Hollywood success with "Scream" (1996) and its sequels, which both reveled in and parodied all the horror conventions that Craven helped establish throughout his career. Eventually settling for his share of the "Nightmare" profits after negotiations decades later, the director settled into a comfortable groove of compelling shockers like "Red Eye" (2005) and "My Soul to Take" (2010), confirming that Craven was above all others as a true master of horror. His death from brain cancer at the age of 76 on August 30, 2015 was met with tributes from fans, friends and other film industry professionals around the world.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
18% 21% The Girl in the Photographs Executive Producer - 2015
No Score Yet 81% Trespassing Bergman Unknown (Character) - 2013
60% 55% Scream 4 Director $38.2M 2011
10% 26% My Soul to Take Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$14.6M 2010
43% 52% The Last House on the Left Producer $32.7M 2009
No Score Yet 72% Fantastic Flesh Unknown (Character) - 2008
12% 40% The Hills Have Eyes 2 Writer,
Producer
$20.8M 2007
52% 58% The Hills Have Eyes Producer $41.8M 2006
27% 29% The Breed Executive Producer - 2006
11% 27% Pulse Writer $20.3M 2006
57% 59% Feast Executive Producer - 2006
No Score Yet 74% Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Self - 2006
86% 84% Paris, je t'aime Director,
Writer
$4.9M 2006
16% 30% Cursed Director $19.3M 2005
79% 64% Red Eye Director $57.9M 2005
53% 75% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Self $30.1M 2001
67% 74% American Nightmare Self - 2000
17% 39% Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 Executive Producer $33M 2000
40% 37% Scream 3 Director $89.1M 2000
63% 72% Music of the Heart Director $14.8M 1999
No Score Yet 21% Don't Look Down Executive Producer - 1998
25% 38% Wishmaster Executive Producer $15.7M 1997
81% 57% Scream 2 Director $101.3M 1997
79% 79% Scream Director $103.2M 1996
No Score Yet 27% The Fear Dr. Arnold (Character) - 1995
12% 31% Vampire in Brooklyn Director $18.7M 1995
79% 66% Wes Craven's New Nightmare Self,
Director,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$18.1M 1994
20% 33% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Writer (Characters) $34M 1991
67% 58% The People Under the Stairs Director $21.9M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Visions Director - 1990
24% 31% Shocker Director $15.5M 1989
65% 56% The Serpent and the Rainbow Director $19M 1988
71% 68% A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Executive Producer,
Screenwriter
$44.1M 1987
8% 38% Deadly Friend Director $8.9M 1986
41% 33% A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Screenwriter $29.9M 1985
0% 19% The Hills Have Eyes Part II Director,
Writer
- 1985
No Score Yet 23% Invitation to Hell Director - 1984
94% 84% A Nightmare on Elm Street Director,
Writer
$57.3M 1984
65% 40% Swamp Thing Director,
Screenwriter
- 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kent State Producer - 1981
14% 28% Deadly Blessing Director - 1981
No Score Yet 32% Stranger in Our House Director - 1978
65% 54% The Hills Have Eyes Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
- 1977
62% 50% Last House on the Left Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
- 1972

TV

Credit
61% 60% Scream Executive Producer 2019 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ain't It Cool With Harry Knowles Guest 2015
82% 86% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainers: With Byron Allen Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Lot Judge 2007
86% 90% Boston Legal Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
0% No Score Yet Stark Raving Mad Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Twilight Zone Director 1986

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