Wes Craven

Wes Craven

writer, producer, director

Wes Craven was born on Aug 02, 1939 in USA. Wes Craven's big-screen debut came with The Last House on the Left directed by Wes Craven in 1972. Wes Craven is known for Paris, je t'aime directed by Olivier Assayas, Fanny Ardant stars as Fanny (segment "Pigalle") and Julie Bataille as Julie (segment "Tuileries"). Wes Craven has got 12 awards and 12 nominations so far. The most recent award Wes Craven achieved is Online Film & Television Association. The upcoming new movie Wes Craven plays is New Tale: The Demon of Elm Street which will be released on Jun 06, 2019.

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was La Dernière Maison sur la gauche (1972), which he wrote, directed, and edited. Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic Les Griffes de la nuit (1984), a film he wrote and directed. And though he did not direct any of its five sequels, he deconstructed the genre a decade later, writing and directing the audacious Freddy sort de la nuit (1994), which was nominated as Best Feature at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards, and introduced the concept of self-reflexive genre films to the world.In 1996 Craven reached a new level of success with the release of Scream (1996). The film, which sparked the phenomenal trilogy, was the winner of MTV's 1996 Best Movie Award and grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did Scream 2 (1997). Between Scream 2 and Scream 3 (2000), Craven, offered the opportunity to direct a non-genre film for Miramax, helmed La musique de mon coeur (1999), a film that earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. That same year, in the midst of directing, Craven completed his first novel, "The Fountain Society," published by Simon & Shuster. Recent works include the 2005 psychological thriller Red Eye: Sous haute pression (2005), and a short rom-com segment for the ensemble product, Paris, je t'aime (2006).In later years, Craven also produced remakes of two of his earlier films for his genre fans, The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Last House on the Left (2009). Craven has always had an eye for discovering fresh talent, something that contributes to the success of his films. While casting A Nightmare on Elm Street, Craven discovered the then unknown Johnny Depp. Craven later cast Sharon Stone in her first starring role for his film Deadly Blessing. He even gave Bruce Willis his first featured role in an episode of TV's mid-80's edition of The Twilight Zone. In My Soul to Take (2010), Craven once again brought together a cast of up-and-coming young teens, including Max Thieriot, in whom he saw the spark of stardom. The film marked Craven's first collaboration with wife and producer Iya Labunka, who also produced with him the highly anticipated production of Scream 4.Craven's Scream 4 (2011) reunited the director with Dimension Films and Kevin Williamson, as well as with stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, to re-boot the beloved franchise. Craven again exhibited his knack for spotting important talent, with a cast of young actors bringing us a totally new breed of Woodsboro high schoolers, including Emma Robert and Hayden Pannetierre.

  • Birthday

    Aug 02, 1939
  • Place of Birth

    Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Known For


12 wins & 12 nominations

Online Film & Television Association
Winner - OFTA Film Hall of Fame
New York City Horror Film Festival
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner - Lifetime Achievement Award
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