Date of Birth:
August 2, 1939
Cleveland, Ohio, United States In a Relationship With:
Iya Labunka Best Quotes:
“I’ve found that if you have two films that don’t perform well it doesn’t matter that you’ve had a bunch of successful ones. The phone stops ringing, and after Deadly Blessing and Swamp Thing that’s what happened.”
“The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.”
“I think the experience of going to a theater and seeing a movie with a lot of people is still part of the transformational power of the film, and it's equivalent to the old shaman telling a story by the campfire to a bunch of people. That is a remarkable thing, if you scream and everyone else in the audience screams, you realize that your fears are not just within yourself, they're in other people as well, and that's strangely releasing. But on the TV, you can still watch it with friends. We watch films on so many different mediums now, that I think they'll complement each other for a long time.”
Wes Craven (born Wesley Early Craven in Cleveland, Ohio on August 2, 1939) was a famous film writer, producer, actor and director, who pretty much changed the world of horror. Many don’t realize that he actually began directing with pornographic films, and actually admitted that he made many X-rated films. He directed his first feature film in 1972, The Last House on the Left. However, in 1984, he broke out as one of the best, creating A Nightmare on Elm Street, which was also the launch of Johnny Depp‘s career. Wes would go on to direct four Scream films, The Hills Have Eyes (three originals, then two remakes), and produce three Nightmare flicks. When MTV remade Scream into a TV series in 2015, he became an EP on the show.
Best Known For:
Wes Craven is best known for creating A Nightmare on Elm Street and directing all four Scream films.
Wes Craven was married to Bonnie Broecker from 1964 to 1969, and the two had two children. In 1984, he married Mimi Craven, but they divorce three years later. Then in 2004, he married Iya Labunka. Wes passed away at 76 on August 30, 2015 of brain cancer.