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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 Red Eye

Red Eye

2005 PG-13

On a red-eye flight bound for Miami, Lisa learns that a fellow passenger has plans to murder the deputy secretary of Homeland Security -- and that he wants to use her as part of the plot.

  • Wes Craven in A Nightmare on Elm Street A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Wes Craven in Music of the Heart Music of the Heart
  • Wes Craven in The Last House on the Left The Last House on the Left
  • Wes Craven in Deadly Friend Deadly Friend
  • Wes Craven in The People Under the Stairs The People Under the Stairs
  • Wes Craven in Scream Scream
  • Wes Craven in My Soul to Take My Soul to Take
  • Wes Craven in Scream 4 Scream 4
  • Wes Craven in The Omen The Omen
  • Wes Craven in Paris, Je T'aime Paris, Je T'aime
  • Wes Craven in Vampire in Brooklyn Vampire in Brooklyn
  • Wes Craven in The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing
  • Wes Craven in Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh
  • Wes Craven in The Hills Have Eyes The Hills Have Eyes
  • Wes Craven in The Hills Have Eyes 2 The Hills Have Eyes 2
  • Wes Craven in The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (The 80s) The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (The 80s)
  • Wes Craven in The Serpent and the Rainbow The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Wes Craven in Wes Craven's New Nightmare Wes Craven's New Nightmare
  • Wes Craven in Scream 2 Scream 2
  • Wes Craven in Scream 3 Scream 3
  • Wes Craven in The American Nightmare The American Nightmare
  • Wes Craven in Psychotic Connections Psychotic Connections
  • Wes Craven in Wes Craven's Invitation to Hell Wes Craven's Invitation to Hell
  • Wes Craven in Shocker Shocker
  • 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
  • Wes Craven in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy