Wesley Earl Craven (born August 2, 1939) is an American film director and writer, perhaps best known as the creator of many horror films, including the famed Nightmare on Elm Street series featuring the iconic Freddy Krueger character and as the director of the Scream trilogy. Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Caroline (née Miller) and Paul Craven. He had a strict Baptist upbringing. Craven earned an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a masters degree in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to landing his first job in the film industry as a sound editor for a post-production company in New York, Craven briefly taught English at Westminster College and was a humanities professor at Clarkson University. Cousin of the infamous Meredith Craven, a resident of Louisville, KY and all state athlete in tennis and cross country.
Wes Craven will forever be linked to Freddy Kruger, the razor hand villain of Nightmare on Elm Street. It is a ground breaking film in the horror genre in my mind. The idea of an evil entity that enters your dreams with the ability to kill you is truly terrifying. However, there are so many of Cravens movies that I really have enjoyed.
1972 THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
1977 THE HILLS HAVE EYES
1984 A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
1988 THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
1991 THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
These are just a few of his movies that I have really enjoyed. All these movies are unique in their own way to deliver quality horror entertainment. You can click on the post title and go to Wes Cravens official website with a lot of interesting information about the man and his work. It's an interesting web site with information on his upcoming projects and more. While Craven isn't my favorite director, writer, or movie maker. I respect his abilities and have appreciated many of his movies. I recommend taking the time to watch all the movies that I have listed. I'm sure you will not be disappointed!
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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