Wes Craven 2nd August 1939 – 30th August 2015

Wesley Earl Craven a.k.a. “The Master of Horror”, was born on the 2nd August 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio.

This post will have a look at some of his work in the horror genre.


  • The Last House on the Left (1972)


Craven’s first feature film was “The Last House on the Left” (1972), which he wrote, directed and edited. The film was shot in 21 days and banned in Australia for 32 years before it was finally released on DVD in 2004.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)


A group of friends are being tormented in their dreams by Freddie Krueger (Robert Englund). The first film in the series was Johnny Depp’s first film role.

  • Scream (1996)


When the killer smashes his head through a window and Casey hits him in the face with the phone, Wes Craven is actually wearing the costume and was really hit in the face.

  • The Hills have eyes (1977)


Wes Craven’s original title for the film was ‘Blood Relations’. Producer Peter Locke however disliked the title. Numerous titles were then considered and the film tested best under the title ‘The Hills Have Eyes’, though Craven himself initially disliked the title.

  • Swamp Thing (1982)


After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.


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