Wes Craven

Wes Craven

Highest Rated: 95% A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Aug 2, 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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Filmography

Movies

Credit
17% 21% The Girl in the Photographs Executive Producer - 2015
No Score Yet 81% Trespassing Bergman Unknown (Character) - 2013
61% 56% 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
27% 29% The Breed Executive Producer - 2006
86% 84% Paris, je t'aime Director,
Writer
$4.9M 2006
No Score Yet 74% Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Self - 2006
57% 59% Feast Executive Producer - 2006
11% 28% Pulse Writer $20.3M 2006
52% 58% The Hills Have Eyes Producer $41.8M 2006
79% 64% Red Eye Director $57.9M 2005
16% 30% Cursed Director $19.3M 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 $33.0M 2000
41% 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
81% 57% Scream 2 Director $101.3M 1997
25% 38% Wishmaster Executive Producer $15.7M 1997
79% 79% Scream Director $103.7M 1996
No Score Yet 26% The Fear Dr. Arnold (Character) - 1995
12% 31% Vampire in Brooklyn Director $18.7M 1995
80% 66% Wes Craven's New Nightmare Self,
Director,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$18.1M 1994
69% 58% The People Under the Stairs Director $21.9M 1991
24% 32% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Writer $34.0M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Visions Director - 1990
27% 32% Shocker Director $15.5M 1989
65% 56% The Serpent and the Rainbow Director $19.0M 1988
71% 68% A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Executive Producer,
Screenwriter
$44.1M 1987
13% 39% Deadly Friend Director $8.9M 1986
0% 19% The Hills Have Eyes Part II Director,
Writer
- 1985
41% 33% A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Screenwriter $29.9M 1985
95% 84% A Nightmare on Elm Street Director,
Writer
$57.3M 1984
No Score Yet 23% Invitation to Hell Director - 1984
62% 40% Swamp Thing Director,
Screenwriter
- 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kent State Producer - 1981
25% 28% Deadly Blessing Director - 1981
No Score Yet 33% Stranger in Our House Director - 1978
67% 54% The Hills Have Eyes Director,
Writer,
Film Editing
- 1977
62% 50% Last House on the Left Director,
Writer,
Film Editing
- 1972

TV

Credit
61% 60% Scream Executive Producer 2015-2016 2019
82% 87% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Lot Judge 2007
0% No Score Yet Stark Raving Mad Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 100% The Twilight Zone Director 1986