Wes Craven

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1939 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Trespassing Bergman 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Castle 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2007 (Movie)

On-Camera Interview (Actor)

Boston Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Deep Throat 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Project Greenlight 1985 - 1987, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Himself

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Secret Movie Rules 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales of Edgar Allen Poe 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 (Movie)

(cameo apprearance) (Actor)

The American Nightmare 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Stark Raving Mad 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Halloween Homes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Halloween! 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fear 1995 (Movie)

Dr Arnold (Actor)

Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

John Carpenter Presents Body Bags 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Shocker 1989 (Movie)

Man Neighbor (Actor)

Exposure (TV Show)

Actor

Fear in the Dark (TV Show)

Actor
Director (29)

WGN America/ The Ten Commandments Project 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

President Clinton Documentary 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Scream 4 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

My Soul to Take 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Pere-Lachaise") (Director)

Cursed 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Eye 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1987, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Music of the Heart 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Scream 2 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Scream 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Visions 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

The People Under the Stairs 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Shocker 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Casebusters 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

Deadly Friend 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hills Have Eyes Part II 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Swamp Thing 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Deadly Blessing 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Stranger in Our House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

The Hills Have Eyes 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Last House on the Left 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Chiller (TV Show)

Director

Invitation to Hell (TV Show)

Director
Writer (29)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

My Soul to Take 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last House on the Left 2009 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "Last House on the Left") (Source Material)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Pere-Lachaise") (Screenplay)

The Hills Have Eyes 2 2007 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "The Hills Have Eyes Part II") (Source Material)

The Hills Have Eyes 2 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pulse 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hills Have Eyes 2006 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "The Hills Have Eyes") (Source Material)

Freddy vs. Jason 2003 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Music of the Heart 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare 1991 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The People Under the Stairs 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child 1989 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Freddy's Nightmares 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Shocker 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors 1987 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Flowers in the Attic 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 2: Freddy's Revenge 1985 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Hills Have Eyes Part II 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swamp Thing 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deadly Blessing 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hills Have Eyes 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Last House on the Left 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (23)

Scream 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Soul to Take 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last House on the Left 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Breed 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hills Have Eyes 2 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Feast 2006 (Movie)

Executive Producer (Associate Producer)

The Hills Have Eyes 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

They Shoot Divas, Don't They? 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 2000 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Wes Craven Presents: Don't Look Down 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Carnival of Souls 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Carnival of Souls 1998 (Movie)

presenter (Producer)

Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nightmare Cafe 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The People Under the Stairs 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The People Next Door 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shocker 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Together 1970 (Movie)

(Assistant Producer)

Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Editor (3)

The Hills Have Eyes 1977 (Movie)

(Editor)

It Happened in Hollywood 1971 (Movie)

(Editor)
Executive (1)

The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Show)

Executive

Biography

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.

Relationships

Paul Craven

Father

Caroline Craven

Mother

Bonnie Broecker

Wife

Mimi Craven Actor

Wife

Jessica Craven

Daughter
Born in 1968 mother, Bonnie Broecker appeared in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" (1994)

Jonathan Craven

Son
Born in 1965 mother, Bonnie Broecker worked on his father's films, "The Serpent and the Rainbow" (1988) and "Shocker"

Iya Labunka Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Wheaton College

Wheaton , Illinois
Was the editor of a literary magazine, which was eventually banned; earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore , Maryland 1964
Attended on full scholarship to the Johns Hopkins Graduate Writing Seminars; earned degree in Philosophy and Writing in one year

Milestones

2011

Returned to direct "Scream 4"

2010

Wrote and directed "My Soul to Take"

2009

Produced a remake of his film, "The Last House on the Left"

2007

Wrote and produced the sequal, "The Hills Have Eyes 2"

2006

Produced a remake of his 1977 film, "The Hills Have Eyes"; film was directed by Alexandre Aja

2006

Wrote the screenplay for "Pulse," a remake of cult Japanese helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Kairo"

2006

Executive produced "Feast," the horror film that is a result of Project Greenlight's third season

2005

Directed Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy in the thriller, "Red-Eye"

2005

Directed Christina Ricci in the thriller, "Cursed"

2000

Once again returned to direct "Scream 3"

1999

Directed first non-horror film, "Music of the Heart," starring Meryl Streep as music teacher and Violinist Roberta Guaspari–Tzavaras

1997

Directed the sequel, "Scream 2"

1996

Had box-office hit with the self-reflexive horror film, "Scream"

1994

Wrote and directed "Wes Craven's New Nightmare," where Freddy Krueger as a fictional movie villain, invades the real world

1992

Created the short-lived fantasy series, "Nightmare Cafe"; also wrote pilot and several episodes

1989

Executive produced the short-lived series, "The People Next Door"

1987

Provided story and co-wrote screenplay for "A Nightmare on Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors"

1984

Wrote and directed the popular horror film, "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

1978

Directed first TV-movie, "Stranger in Our House" (NBC)

1977

Wrote, directed, and edited his second horror feature, "The Hills Have Eyes"

1972

Made feature directing and writing debut with "The Last House on the Left"; produced by Sean Cunningham

1970

First film as editor, "You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat"

1970

Was an assistant producer on the documentary feature, "Together/Sensual Paradise"; first collaboration with Sean Cunningham

Left teaching and took a job as a messenger for a film post-production company in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Taught that movies were tools of the Devil; never saw a film until reaching college.

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After graduate school, taught Humanities at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.

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Taught Humanities and modern drama at Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY.

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Signed a contract with New Line Pictures in which he gave up up rights to all sequels and merchandising to "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in return for completion money and assurance that he would direct future pictures.

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Craven is a birder and in 2010 became a member of Audubon California's Board of Directors.

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