Wes Craven (*1939)

Not just since his tremendous success with the SCREAM films can one count director Wes Craven to the top horror film directors living today. Although his films have never received much critical acclaim, they were always successful at the box office.
Craven's biggest achievement may be the initiation of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET films, of which there are seven today, despite having worked on three only, part one, three and seven.
Craven has worked for television several times, including his work for the Freddy Kruger series, which is not listed in this filmography. THE HILLS HAVE EYES, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW and PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS are among his best films. The SCREAM- trilogy is also a highlight of his career, thanks to fine screenplays (by Kevin Williamson) and the director's unique feel for the genre.



You've Got to Walk it Like You Talk it or You'll Lose that Beat (1971; coedit)
Together (1971; codir, cocin, coprod; hard core codirected with Sean S. Cunningham)
Last House on the Left (1972; dir, scr, edit; based on Ingmar Bergman's VIRGIN SPRING)
It Happened in Hollywood (1973; edit; hard core starring Harry Reems)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977; dir, scr, edit)
Stranger in Our House (1978; dir; made for TV; aka Summer of Fear)
The Carhops (1980; edit)
Kent State (1981; coprod; made for TV)
Deadly Blessing (1981; dir, coscr)
Swamp Thing (1982; dir, scr)
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984; dir, scr)
Invitation to Hell (1984; dir; made for TV)
The Hills Have Eyes, Part II (1985; dir, scr)
Chiller (1985; dir; made for TV)
Casebusters (1986; dir; made for TV)
The Deadly Friend (1986; dir; based on a novel by Diana Henstell)
Flowers in the Attic (1987; coscr)
Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987; coscr, coprod)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988; dir; based on a novel by Wade Davis)
Shocker (1989; dir, scr, coprod, act)
Night Visions (1990; dir, coscr, coprod; made for TV)
The People Under the Stairs (1991; dir, scr, coprod)
Body Bags (1993; act)
New Nightmare (1994; dir, scr, coprod, act)
The Fear (1995; act)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995; dir)
The Outpost (1995; coprod; aka Wes Craven's The Mind Ripper)
Shadow Zone: The Undead Express (1996; act; made for TV)
Scream (1996; dir, act)
Wishmaster (1997; exec prod)
Scream 2 (1997; dir, act)
Carnival of Souls (1998; coprod)
Don't Look Down (1998; coprod; made for TV)
Music of the Heart (1999; dir)
Scream 3 (2000; dir, act)
Dracula 2000 (2000; coprod)
The American Nightmare (2000; doc; as interviewee)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001; act)
They (2002; presenter)
Dracula II: Ascension (2003; presenter)
Feast (2005; exec prod)
The Hills Have Eyes (2006; coprod; remake of his 1977 movie)
Cursed (2005; dir)
Red Eye (2005; dir)
Paris Je T'Aime (2006; seq dir, seq scr, act)
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© Ron Altman (last update 09/09/03)