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Creator / Wes Craven

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"Horror films don't create fear. They release it."

Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven (August 2, 1939 - August 30, 2015) was an American film director, producer, and writer, and was the creator of many iconic and genre-defining horror films. He was probably best known for his creation of Freddy Krueger, the dream-haunting villain introduced in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). He also found great success a decade later with the movie Scream (1996), a deconstruction of the slasher sub-genre that launched a slew of late '90s imitation horror films.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Craven was raised by a Baptist family and was reportedly a target for bullies (including one with the same name as his most famous creation). After leaving home, he gained an education in English Literature, Psychology, and Writing; he then married, and started a family. His marriage ended after five years, and his children left with his ex-wife. He moved to New York, and eventually directed The Last House on the Left, followed five years later by The Hills Have Eyes (1977). The success of these movies made him a seminal name in horror cinema.


Additionally, he directed a number of episodes of The Twilight Zone (1985) and, quite bizarrely, the biopic Music of the Heart (his only PG-rated movie). Craven joked that he went "from violence to violins" in directing a movie about a music educator played by Meryl Streep.

He has also written one novel, Fountain Society, which deals with scientists doing brain transplants.

His personal website is located here.

He died of brain cancer on August 30, 2015. He was 76.

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The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.