Wes Craven (1939–2015)


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Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left (1972), which he wrote, directed, and ... See full bio »

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Known For

Scream Director
(1996)
New Nightmare Writer
(1994)

Filmography

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 2022 The Scream Fan Film (Short) (characters)
 2020 ExSIDren: The SCREAM Headache Medicine (Video short) (characters)
 2015-2019 Scream: The TV Series (TV Series) (29 episodes)
- Blindspots (2019)
- Endgame (2019)
- Devil's Night (2019)
 2019 New Tale: The Demon of Elm Street (Short) (characters)
 2018 Scream Returns (based on the original saga by)
 2017 Krueger: Tales from Elm Street (Short) (characters)
 2016 Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street (Short) (character)
 2015 The Confession of Fred Krueger (Short) (characters)
 2015 Freddy Krueger: Nightmare on Vape Street (Short) (characters)
 2014 Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street (Short) (characters)
 2014 Krueger: A Walk Through Elm Street (Short) (characters)
 2013 Krueger: Another Tale from Elm Street (Short) (character)
 2011 Krueger: A Tale from Elm Street (Short) (characters)
 2010 My Soul to Take (written by)
 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street (characters)
 2009 Freddy's Return: A Nightmare Reborn (Video) (based on characters created by)
 2009 The Last House on the Left (earlier film)
 2007 The Hills Have Eyes 2 (characters) / (written by)
 2006/I Pulse (screenplay)
 2006 Paris, je t'aime (segment "Pere-Lachaise")
 2006 The Hills Have Eyes (based upon his film)
 2004 Freddy vs Ghostbusters (Short) (character - uncredited)
 2003 Freddy vs. Jason (characters)
 1994 New Nightmare (characters) / (written by)
 1993 The Nightmare Begins Again (Video) (characters)
  Nightmare Cafe (TV Series) (creator - 6 episodes, 1992) (written by - 2 episodes, 1992) (story - 1 episode, 1992)
- Aliens Ate My Lunch (1992) ... (creator) / (written by)
- Sanctuary for a Child (1992) ... (creator)
- The Heart of the Mystery (1992) ... (creator)
- Fay & Ivy (1992) ... (creator) / (story)
- Dying Well Is the Best Revenge (1992) ... (creator)
 1991 Goo Goo Dolls: I'm Awake Now (Music Video) (characters)
 1991 The People Under the Stairs (written by)
 1990 A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Die traum-falle (Video) (characters)
 1990 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Freddy's rache (Video) (characters)
 1990 Night Visions (TV Movie) (written by)
 1988-1990 Freddy's Nightmares (TV Series) (character - 44 episodes)
- Life Sentence (1990) ... (character)
- Prisoner of Love (1990) ... (character)
- Dust to Dust (1990) ... (character)
- A Family Affair (1990) ... (character)
- Funhouse (1990) ... (character)
 1989 A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (Video) (characters)
  The People Next Door (TV Series) (creator - 9 episodes, 1989) (story - 1 episode, 1989)
- No ZZZ's (1989) ... (creator)
- Make Room for Abby (1989) ... (creator)
- Jealousy Story (1989) ... (creator)
- House and Home (1989) ... (creator)
- Halloween (1989) ... (creator)
 1989 A Nightmare on Elm Street (Video Game) (character)
 1989 Shocker (written by)
 1988 Fat Boys: Are You Ready for Freddy (Music Video) (character)
 1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (characters) / (screenplay) / (story)
 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street (written by)
 1984 The Hills Have Eyes Part II (written by)
 1982 Swamp Thing (written by)
 1981 Deadly Blessing (screenplay)
 1977 The Hills Have Eyes (written by)
 1975 The Fireworks Woman (written by - as Abe Snake)
 1972 The Last House on the Left (written by)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel "The Fountain Society" (1999)

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 38 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site | Twitter

Alternate Names:

Abe Snake | for Wes

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse:

Iya Labunka  (his death) | See more »

Relatives:

Paul E. Craven (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

When you have an idea that really fascinates you and you can honestly say, 'I've never seen anything like that,' what you get is, you get that first audience goes out and tells everybody. And the reason they do that is they've never seen anything like it. You're trying to be the avant-garde of horror. That's where you want to be. See more »

Trivia:

The Italian Production Chart section of Variety, July 9, 1980, announced filming to start on August 18, 1980, of the film "Marimba" to be directed by Wes Craven, with cast Dirk Benedict, Tim McIntire, Chris Mitchum, to be filmed in Columbia and the US. No evidence the film was ever completed or released. See more »

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