Wes Craven is an American film director and writer. Craven is probably best known for creating horror films including A Nightmare on Elm Street and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (the seventh instalment in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series) as well as the three Scream films (with a fourth to be added this year), The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes Part I and II.
Although A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was a success with takings of $10.8 million in America after having a budget of $1.8 million. Craven refused to work on a squeal (A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Revenge (1895)) because he didn’t want to make it an ongoing franchise, Jack Sholder directed the film. However when the third instalment of the franchise came (A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors (1987, Chuck Russell)) he was one of the writers and intended it to be the last in the series. However due to the success of the film the series returned in 1988 with A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Master (1988, Renny Harlin). Craven again returned to the franchise with the seventh instalment Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994). In 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street (Samuel Bayer) was re-made, Craven has expressed his disapproval of the film being remade, mainly due to not being consulted about the project unlike other re-makes which he has helped produced including The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes Part I and II.
As well as directing, writing and producing films Craven has also starred in some of his own including Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Scream, Scream 2, and Scream 3.