Wes Craven

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Gender: Male

Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Wes Craven is an American movie director, producer, actor and writer in the film industry. He is best known for The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Red Eye and Scream. He was born on August 2, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. to mother Caroline and father Paul Craven. His birth name is Wesley Earl Craven, and he is now 6' 2" (1.88 m). He went to Wheaton College in Illinois and earned an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology. He then earned his masters degree in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

He was married to Bonnie Broecker from 1964–1969, and they had two children together, Jonathan Craven born in 1965 and Jessica Craven born in 1968. Jonathan followed in his father's footstep and became a writer and director. Jessica was a songwriter and singer in a group named Chapin Sisters. He married Mimi Craven July 25, 1982 and divorced in 1987 because he thought it was a sham. He married Iya Labunka on November 27, 2004 who worked in some of Craven's films as a producer.

Wes Craven taught English at Westminster College and was a humanities' professor at Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) in New York. He was not satisfied with his teaching career and pursued a career in the filming industry in 1971. He is the author of Fountain Society (1999) and Coming of Rage (2013). He was a producer in 1971 for Together. The first movie that Wes Craven directed, edited and wrote was The Last House on the Left in 1972.

Wes Craven Top 10 Horror Films that earned more than $30 million (all figures are an estimate)

  • Scream - $173,000,00
  • Scream 2 - $172,300,000
  • Scream 3 - $162,000,000
  • Scream 4 - $101,000,000
  • Red Eye - $96,000,000
  • The Hills Have Eyes - $70,000,000
  • The Hills Have Eyes 2 - $68,000,000
  • The Last House on the Left - $45,300,000
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors - $ 45,000,000
  • The People Under the Stairs - $31,000,000

Director Wes Craven Movies / Films:

Scream 4 (2011) aka Scre4m (2011) My Soul to Take (2010) aka 25/8, Bug, My Soul to Take 3D, Untitled Wes Craven Project (2010) Cursed (2005) aka Wes Craven's Cursed (2005) Red Eye (2005) Scream 3 (2000) aka Ghostface, Scream 3: Ghostface Killer (2000) Scream 2 (1997) aka Scream Again, Scream Louder, Scream: The Sequel (1997) Scream (1996) aka Scary Movie (1996) Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) aka Wes Craven's Vampire In Brooklyn (1995) New Nightmare (1994) aka A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Real Story, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 7: Freddy's Finale, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 7: The Ascension, The New Nightmare, Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) The People Under the Stairs (1991) Shocker (1989) aka Shocker: No More Mr. Nice Guy, Wes Craven's Shocker (1989) The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) Invitation to Hell (1984) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Swamp Thing (1982) The Hills Have Eyes (1977) aka Blood Relations, The Family That Woke Up Screaming, Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes (1977) The Last House on the Left (1972) aka Grim Company, Krug & Company, Last House on the Left, Night of Vengeance, Sex Crime of the Century (1972)

Reviewed Movies Directed by Wes Craven

  • Cursed (2005)

    Cursed 2005

    Cursed (2005) is an American romance horror-comedy film that director Wes Craven (Scream (1996), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), New Nightmare (1994), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984))…

  • Scream 3 (2000)

    Scream 3 2000

    On the set of "Stab 3," cast members start dying in the order that they die in the script. There are three different versions of the film script, and they admit they do not know which script…

  • Scream 2 (1997)

    Scream 2 1997

    Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson give us a second helping of SCREAM. Is it art imitating life imitating art? This sequel actually has its own life. The survivors of the original are back; two years after…

  • Scream (1996)

    Scream 1996

    "Scream" has one element that is repeated over and over: jokey false scare followed by bloody murder. I didn't find the in-jokes funny, nor did the murders amuse me in that so-twisted-it's…

  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

    Vampire in Brooklyn 1995

    Never thought Wes Craven would try his hand in the horror comedy world let alone see Eddie Murphy and Wes Craven team up. I am glad they did because Vampire in Brooklyn is a different horror comedy. Not…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: New Nightmare (1994)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: New Nightmare 1994

    The true final installment to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. This has the lead star (Heather Langenkamp) from the first movie as a regular person living her life as a movie star when things start…

  • People Under the Stairs (1991)

    People Under the Stairs 1991

    Wes Craven's "People Under the Stairs" is an interesting tale of a young boy named Fool who is struggling in the projects. He, his sister's boyfriend Leroy (played by a very young Ving Rhames), and a…

  • Shocker (1989)

    Shocker 1989

    Shocker (1989) is an American horror comedy thriller that is 109 minutes long and was filmed in several areas of California, USA. Director and writer Wes Craven (Scream (1996), A Nightmare on Elm Street…

  • Invitation to Hell (1984)

    Invitation to Hell 1984

    A young girl attends her high school reunion in an isolated country house. Soon, it is discovered that there is an evil force lurking that wants to take her as a prisoner for a virgin sacrifice to quench…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

    The first in the Freddy Krueger line of Nightmare on Elm Street movies. This one has a teenager who discovers that people can be murdered in their dreams by this boogie man, Freddy Krueger. You must see…

  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

    The Hills Have Eyes 1977

    The Hills Have Eyes (1977) is an American exploitation thriller horror movie that astounded me. Director and writer Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), New Nightmare (1994),…

  • Last House on the Left (1972)

    Last House on the Left 1972

    Extremely graphic shocker written and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham featuring chainsaw killings, disembowelment, and castration. Two girls are kidnapped by a gang of escaped…