Wes Craven was a popular horror and slasher film creator as well as a director, writer, producer, and actor. His most popular works include A Nightmare on Elm Street and its sequels and for directing the Scream series. The other movies that he created included The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, The People Under the Stairs, Red Eye, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and Vampire in Brooklyn.


Craven grew up in Cleveland, Ohio under the care of his parents, Caroline and Paul Eugene Craven. He finished his degree in English and Psychology at Wheaton College in Illinois and a master’s degree in Philosophy and Writing at Johns Hopkins university.

His first work was as a professor in English at Westminster College and in humanities at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York. His interest in film started when he started creating short movies while teaching at Waddington High School in Madrid, New York. With the help of a friend, Craved began working as sound editor in his friend’s firm in Manhattan.

Craven married to Bonnie Broecker and had two children with her, Jonathan and Jessica. The couple divorced in 1970 and Craven remarried with the actress Mimi Craven in 1982. They would divorce also and Craven would end up marrying Iya Labunka in 2004.


Craven delved deeper in the field of film making when he became a pornographic film director. It would be followed by his first feature film, The Last House on the Left, which came out in 1972.

From then on, his career as a prominent film director and writer continued and he would become most well-known for his horror movies. In addition, he directed and wrote the drama film, Music of the Heart, and was one of the minds behind the creation of Paris, je t’aime.

Wes Craven died due to brain cancer on August 30, 2015 at the age of 76.