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Horror maestro Wes Craven taught college-level humanities before transferring his bloody vision to celluloid, in the process reinventing the teen horror genre. Born in Cleveland Aug. 2, 1939, Craven worked as a production assistant and editor before directing his first feature, 1972's The Last House on the Left, a gore-fest (both panned and praised) that made everybody stand up and take notice.

Next up was The Hills Have Eyes (1977), a twisted morality tale about feuding families that again left critics and audiences divided. Craven then graduated to big-budget flicks such as Swamp Thing (1982) and 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street, which unleashed Freddy Krueger on the world.

In 1996, Craven directed Scream, which spoofed (but embraced) the teen-scream genre. Scream 2 and Scream 3 followed, along with a departure for Craven, the sentimental Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep.

Wes Craven in The Last House on the Left

The Last House on the Left

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In this cult horror favorite from twisted writer-director Wes Craven, a pair of repulsive, sadistic escaped convicts kidnap, rape, torture and murder two teenage girls -- but the criminals have picked the wrong teens to victimize. One of the girls' parents, not content with turning to the law, set out to exact an equally brutal revenge on the vicious murderers, who are hiding out in the family's home.

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  • Wes Craven in Scream 2 Scream 2
  • Wes Craven in The Hills Have Eyes The Hills Have Eyes
  • Wes Craven in The People Under the Stairs The People Under the Stairs
  • Wes Craven in Scream Scream
  • Wes Craven in A Nightmare on Elm Street A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Wes Craven in The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing
  • Wes Craven in Paris, Je T'aime Paris, Je T'aime
  • Wes Craven in Scream 4 Scream 4
  • Wes Craven in The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (The 80s) The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (The 80s)
  • Wes Craven in Music of the Heart Music of the Heart
  • Wes Craven in Scream 3 Scream 3
  • Wes Craven in Red Eye Red Eye
  • Wes Craven in Deadly Friend Deadly Friend
  • Wes Craven in Shocker Shocker
  • Wes Craven in The American Nightmare The American Nightmare
  • Wes Craven in My Soul to Take My Soul to Take
  • Wes Craven in The Omen The Omen
  • Wes Craven in Vampire in Brooklyn Vampire in Brooklyn
  • Wes Craven in Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh
  • Wes Craven in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • Wes Craven in Psychotic Connections Psychotic Connections
  • Wes Craven in The Hills Have Eyes 2 The Hills Have Eyes 2
  • Wes Craven in Wes Craven's Invitation to Hell Wes Craven's Invitation to Hell
  • Wes Craven in Wes Craven's New Nightmare Wes Craven's New Nightmare
  • Wes Craven in The Fear The Fear
  • Wes Craven in Shadow Zone: The Undead Express Shadow Zone: The Undead Express
  • Wes Craven in Dark Dreamers: Vol. 1 Dark Dreamers: Vol. 1
  • Wes Craven in Directors: Life Behind the Camera Directors: Life Behind the Camera