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Wes Craven is known to his wide audience as a great American flm producer, director, screenwriter, TV producer, film editor, actor and even as a teacher who has estimated net worth as high as $40 million. He is also known as Wesley Earl Craven, “Wes” Craven and Abe Snake. He has directed many extremely popular movies, such as “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, and furthermore, he is a co-writer of many other movies, such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors”. Today he is one of the richest actors and TV producers not only in the United States, but also all around the world.

Wes Craven Net Worth $40 Million

Wesley Earl Craven was born on August 2, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. His parents were Paul Craven and Coraline Miller (Craven after marriage). As a young man Craven attended Wheaton College, where he majored in English,  and later graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Psychology degree.

After finishing his studies, Wes Craven didn’t start increasing his net worth in the film industry immediately. At first he worked in Clarkson College of Technology in New York. Of course, there Craven’s net worth increased a little bit, but then no one could even think about how rich Wes Craven was going to be when he changed the direction of his work.

Craven appeared in the show business industry as a sound editor in New York, and later was even involved in filming pornography, however, in 1972 he directed a movie entitled “The Last House on the Left”. This horror movie was considered to be successful and increased Craven’s net worth, so he could continue working as a film director and take-on many other projects.

Wes Craven was also building up his net worth as an actor. He made many notable appearances in movies, such as “Shadow Zone: The Unded Expires”, “The Fear”, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, “The American Nightmare”, “Scream” series, “Diary of the Dead” and others. Of course, nowadays he is mostly known as the director of the famous “Scream” – the first movie was released in 1996. It was definitely a successful film as it starred Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Drew Barrymore. Craven’s net worth increased even more after “Scream 2” appeared, and since then he is known as one of the greatest film directors thanks to his works, such as “Paris, je t’aime” released in 2006, “My Soul to Take” released in 2010, and many others.

The “Scream” movie brought Craven the highest popularity and increased his net worth much more than any other movie could, but his popularity increased with some of his other works, such as “Red Eye”, “The Hills Have Eyes” and “The Hills Have Eyes 2” or “The People Under the Stairs”. Nowadays W. Craven remains one of the greatest film directors in the world, and we can only expect many other great works from him in the future.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street2016Short character
The Confession of Fred Krueger2015Short characters
Freddy Krueger: Nightmare on Vape Street2015Short characters
Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street2014Short characters
Krueger: A Walk Through Elm Street2014Short characters
Krueger: Another Tale from Elm Street2013Short character
Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash2011Short character - uncredited
Krueger: A Tale from Elm Street2011Short characters
My Soul to Take2010written by
A Nightmare on Elm Street2010characters
Freddy's Return: A Nightmare Reborn2009Video based on characters created by
The Last House on the Left2009earlier film
The Hills Have Eyes II2007characters / written by
Pulse2006/Iscreenplay
Paris, je t'aime2006segment "Pere-Lachaise"
The Hills Have Eyes20061977 film
Freddy vs Ghostbusters2004Short character - uncredited
Freddy vs. Jason2003characters
New Nightmare1994characters / written by
Nightmare Cafe1992TV Series creator - 6 episodes
The People Under the Stairs1991written by
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare1991characters
Night Visions1990TV Movie written by
Freddy's Nightmares1988-1990TV Series character - 44 episodes
Shocker1989written by
A Nightmare on Elm Street1989Video Game character
The People Next Door1989TV Series story - 1 episode
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child1989characters
Fat Boys: Are You Ready for Freddy1988Video short character
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master1988character
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors1987characters / screenplay / story
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge1985characters
A Nightmare on Elm Street1984written by
The Hills Have Eyes Part II1984written by
Swamp Thing1982
Deadly Blessing1981screenplay
The Hills Have Eyes1977written by
The Fireworks Woman1975written by - as Abe Snake
The Last House on the Left1972written by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Girl in the Photographs2015executive producer
Scream: The TV Series2015TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Scream 42011producer
My Soul to Take2010producer
The Last House on the Left2009producer
The Hills Have Eyes II2007producer
The Breed2006executive producer
The Hills Have Eyes2006producer
Feast2005executive producer
They Shoot Divas, Don't They?2002TV Movie executive producer
Dracula 20002000executive producer
Hollyweird1998TV Movie executive producer
Don't Look Down1998TV Movie executive producer
Carnival of Souls1998executive producer
Wishmaster1997executive producer
Mind Ripper1995executive producer
New Nightmare1994executive producer
Laurel Canyon1993TV Movie executive producer
Nightmare Cafe1992TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
The People Under the Stairs1991executive producer
Night Visions1990TV Movie executive producer
Shocker1989executive producer
The People Next Door1989TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors1987executive producer
Kent State1981TV Movie producer
Together1971associate producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hills Have Eyes Part II1984
Invitation to Hell1984TV Movie
Swamp Thing1982
Deadly Blessing1981
Stranger in Our House1978TV Movie
The Hills Have Eyes1977
The Fireworks Woman1975as Abe Snake
The Last House on the Left1972
Scream 42011
My Soul to Take2010
Paris, je t'aime2006segment "Pere-Lachaise"
Red Eye2005
Cursed2005
Scream 32000
Music of the Heart1999
Scream 21997
Scream1996
Vampire in Brooklyn1995
New Nightmare1994
Nightmare Cafe1992TV Series 1 episode
The People Under the Stairs1991
Night Visions1990TV Movie
Shocker1989
The Serpent and the Rainbow1988
The Twilight Zone1985-1986TV Series 5 episodes
Deadly Friend1986
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV Series 1 episode
Chiller1985TV Movie
A Nightmare on Elm Street1984

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Castle2013TV SeriesWes Craven
Scream 42011Coroner (scenes deleted)
Diary of the Dead2007Newsreader (voice, uncredited)
Paris, je t'aime2006La victime de la vampire (segment "Quartier de la Madeleine")
Red Eye2005Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back2001Wes Craven
Stark Raving Mad2000TV SeriesTerrance Sterling
Scream 32000Man with Video Camera on Studio Tour (uncredited)
Welcome to Hollywood1998Wes Craven
Scream 21997Doctor (uncredited)
Scream1996Fred the Janitor (uncredited)
Shadow Zone: The Undead Express1996TV MovieCounsellor
The Fear1995Dr. Arnold
New Nightmare1994Wes Craven
Body Bags1993TV MoviePasty Faced Man (segment "The Gas Station")
Shocker1989Man Neighbor
The Twilight Zone1985TV SeriesCaged Man #1 (segment "Children's Zoo")
Sweet Cakes1976Photographer (uncredited)
The Fireworks Woman1975Nicholas Burns (uncredited)
It Happened in Hollywood1973King's Litter Bearer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentary archival material provided by
Dracula III: Legacy2005Video presenter
Looking Back at 'The Hills Have Eyes'2003Video documentary photos
Dracula II: Ascension2003Video presenter
They2002presenter
Dracula 20002000presenter
Bloodfist II1990advisor

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hills Have Eyes1977
The Fireworks Woman1975as Abe Snake
Kitty Can't Help It1975
It Happened in Hollywood1973
The Last House on the Left1972

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Evolution of Snuff1978

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It Happened in Hollywood1973assistant director

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here Come the Tigers1978gaffer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightmare Cafe1992TV Series lyrics: "Rollercoaster of Love"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Something Horrible2016in memory of completed
Fox: A Documentary2016Video documentary in memory of
Vedro2016TV Series inspirational thanks - 1 episode
Walking After You2016Short special thanks
Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street2016Short dedicated to the memory of: inspiration
Mortal Nightmare2016Short in memory of
Svengoolie2015TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
Scream: The TV Series2015TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Book of the Senseless2015Short special thanks
Lazarus: Apocalypse2014original inspiration
Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street2014Short special thanks
Krueger: A Walk Through Elm Street2014Short special thanks
The Body2013/IShort special thanks
Krueger: Another Tale from Elm Street2013Short special thanks
The Killers In Connecticut2012very special thanks
Dying 2 Meet U2012inspirational thanks
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter2011special thanks
Climb It, Tarzan!2011special thanks
Petals2010inspiration from the works of
The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry2010Documentary thanks
Assorted Nightmares: Janitor2008TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Flores De Asfalto2008special thanks
Creature Story2008Short special thanks
Diary of the Dead2007very special thanks
Delivery2006Video special thanks
Zombie Prom2006Short special thanks
Ban the Sadist Videos!2005Video documentary special thanks
Inside Deep Throat2005Documentary thanks
The Nightmare Ends on Halloween2004Short special thanks
The Directors1999TV Series documentary acknowledgment - 1 episode
Welcome to Hollywood1998special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles2015TV SeriesHimself
As Timeless as Infinity: The Twilight Zone Legacy2014DocumentaryHimself
Fear, Freud and Class Warfare: Wes Craven Discusses 'The People Under the Stairs'2013Video shortHimself
House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen2013Video documentaryHimself
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th2013Video documentaryHimself - Creator, A Nightmare on Elm Street
Trespassing Bergman2013DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Still Screaming: Bonus Features2013Video documentaryHimself
Deadly Blessing: The Deadliest Director - An Interview with Wes Craven2013Video shortHimself
Fear Himself: The Life and Crimes of Freddy Krueger2012Video shortHimself
Bergmans video2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (2012)
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2009-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Future of Fear2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Scream 4'2011Video shortHimself
The Last House on the Left: Still Standing: The Legacy of Last House on the Left2011Video shortHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
I Am Nancy2011DocumentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHimself
Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective2011DocumentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Scream: The Inside Story2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Scream Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fred Heads: The Ultimate Freddy Fans2010Video shortHimself
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself - Writer, Director
Inside the Cinema2009TV MovieHimself
The Movie Loft2009TV SeriesHimself
Lucas Booth: Journey to Unknown2009VideoHimself
Scream Awards 20082008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Science of Horror2008DocumentaryHimself
Exploring the Hills: The Making of 'The Hills Have Eyes 2'2007Video documentary shortHimself
The Hills Have Eyes 2: Mutant Attacks2007Video documentary shortHimself
On the Lot2007TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Life After Film School2007TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fear Files2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHimself
Never Sleep Again: The Making of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'2006Video documentaryHimself
Night Terrors2006Video documentary shortHimself
The House That Freddy Built2006Video documentary shortHimself
Surviving the Hills: Making of 'The Hills Have Eyes'2006Video documentaryHimself
Boston Legal2006TV SeriesHimself
HypaSpace2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Red Eye'2006Video shortHimself
Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller2006Video shortHimself
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
HARDtalk Extra2005TV SeriesHimself
Ban the Sadist Videos!2005Video documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection2005Video documentary
Inside Deep Throat2005DocumentaryHimself - Director, Scream
Project Greenlight2005TV SeriesHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing2004DocumentaryHimself
Super Secret Movie Rules2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Looking Back at 'The Hills Have Eyes'2003Video documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Celluloid Crime of the Century2003Video documentary shortHimself
Masters of Horror2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
It's Only a Movie: The Making of 'Last House on the Left'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Child Stars2002TV MovieHimself
Hollywood, Inc.2002TV Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Books2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Chris Isaak Show2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Exposure2000TV SeriesHimself
Behind the 'Scream'2000Video documentary shortHimself
The American Nightmare2000DocumentaryHimself
Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Nightmare Series Encyclopedia1999DocumentaryHimself
Welcome to Primetime1999Video documentaryHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Unmasking the Horror1998VideoHimself
1997 MTV Movie Awards1997TV Special documentaryHimself
A-Z of Horror1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Monstervision1997TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Anatomy of Horror1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Night of the Living Dead: 25th Anniversary Documentary1993Video documentaryHimself
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema 31992TV SeriesHimself
Freddy Speaks1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fear in the Dark1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The People Under the Stairs'1991TV ShortHimself
The Making of 'Nightmare on Elm Street IV'1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Gorgon Video Magazine1989Video documentaryHimself
The Media Show1988TV SeriesHimself
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors1986Video documentaryHimself
Stephen King's World of Horror1986TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2011-2013TV Series documentaryNewsreader / Wes Craven
E! True Hollywood Story2007TV Series documentaryHimself
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Lifetime Achievement AwardNew York City Horror Film FestivalLifetime Achievement Award
2000Lifetime Achievement AwardAmsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
2000Maverick Tribute AwardCinequest San Jose Film Festival
1997Grand PrizeGérardmer Film FestivalScream (1996)
1995Life Career AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1995International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest ScreenplayNew Nightmare (1994)
1992Special Jury AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalThe People Under the Stairs (1991)
1992Pegasus Audience AwardBrussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF)The People Under the Stairs (1991)
1985Critics AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalA Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
1977Prize of the International Critics' JurySitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalThe Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorScream (1996)
1996Honorable Mentions (The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders)Awards Circuit Community AwardsHonorable MentionsScream (1996)
1995International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmNew Nightmare (1994)
1990International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmShocker (1989)


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#Fact
1He was one of the very few directors mostly famous for the horror genre, who never directed or wrote a Stephen King movie.
2He had English and German ancestry.
3His ex-wife went on to marry Tom Chapin who is a Grammy winning singer songwriter as well as the brother of Harry Chapin who was also a Grammy winner (for the single "Cat's In The Cradle", 1974). His daughter, Jessica Craven is part of the singing trio, The Chapin Sisters, along with Tom Chapin's other two daughters.
4He is the only person to direct more than one film in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and New Nightmare (1994).
5Freddy Krueger's appearance (especially the dirty clothes and hat) was inspired by a hobo who Craven saw staring at him through his window one day when he was age 10.
6Based the story of ''A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)'' on a news report about a group of young men who died in their sleep during horrific nightmares despite having no history of health problems and showing no specific cause of death.
7Authored newspaper article about his current, off-the-set downtime entitled "Retirement: Scarier Than Freddy Krueger" in NYTimes. [February 2013]
8He had a highly dysfunctional relationship with his parents, mainly having been raised by his severe, hyper-religious mother, whom he never allowed to watch his films, and never having a close relationship with his distant, violent-tempered father. His mother's judgmental influence caused him to be too terrified to talk to a girl until he was at college and lead him to marry, in his opinion, too young, and arguably contributed to the angry, bleak themes of his early films.
9Directed one Oscar nominated performance: 'Meryl Streep' in Music of the Heart (1999).
10Profiled in "Hollywood Horror from the Director's Chair: Six Filmmakers in the Franchise of Fear" by Simon Wilkinson (McFarland, 2008).
11His vision of Freddy Kruger came from a childhood memory. When he was 10 years old, he looked out the window of the apartment he lived in and a drunk man dressed similar to Freddy was looking directly at him and continued to stay there looking at the window for several minutes. This scared him, so, later on, he decided this will be the look for Freddy.
12Was set to direct Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) but was replaced after creative differences with star Christopher Reeve.
13Developed the "evil house" premise for the computer game "Wes Craven's Principles of Fear." Although the game won About Game's Bronze Medal award for Interactive Fiction when the prototype was demonstrated at the 1997 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Atlanta, the game was never completed, due to the financial failure of the game's publisher.
14Co-wrote the screenplay for Pulse (2006) with Vince Gilligan. The script was based on Kiyoshi Kurosawa's original Japanese horror film. Craven and Gilligan scripted the final draft in the fall of 2002 for Miramax's Dimension Films. The production for this film should have started on October 1, 2002, in Los Angeles. In July 2003, Dimension's chairman Bob Weinstein announced that Pulse (2006) would never be produced because it was too similar to The Ring (2002).
15When actor-producer Robert Evans suffered a stroke May 6, 1998, Craven was having a drink with him in Evans' screening room when he collapsed in front of him. Evans later quipped, "I really scared the shit out of the king of horror."
16Former son-in-law, composer Michael Maccini.
17Directed a documentary about former president Bill Clinton. Craven and the film crew followed Clinton for three hours into the White House a few days before his departure. (January 2001)
18He nearly turned down the option to direct the hit Scream (1996) because the first scene with Drew Barrymore reminded him too vividly of the climax sequence of The Last House on the Left (1972), his first film.
19He was the disc jockey for the campus radio station at Clarkson College, where he was a humanities professor.
20His father died when he was 4-years-old.
21He is an avid birdwatcher.
22Donated to the Planned Parenthood/Dream Catchers Foundation charity a auction ten-minute personal phone call and two premiere tickets to his next motion picture, Pulse (2006). He has also donated the original mask from his movie Scream (1996) along with other original props. The auction started June 19, 2002, and the props auction started June 29, 2002.
23In 1976 he acted in "Tales That Will Tear Your Heart Out," a project being made under the supervision of friend Roy Frumkes, who was teaching at a state university at that time. Shortly after the filming, the raw stock was mistakingly re-exposed by another student, so both days' shooting were lost.
24Rumoured to have named his onscreen horror creation Freddy Kruger for a boy who used to bully him in high school.
25"The" Elm Street is located in Potsdam, NY (a small town just south of the Canadian border). Craven was a Humanities Professor at Clarkson College, also in Potsdam.
26Father of Jonathan Craven and Jessica Craven.

#Quote
1I learned to take the first job that you have in the business that you want to get into. It doesn't matter what that job is, you get your foot in the door.
2The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.
3Horror movies have to show us something that hasn't been shown before so that the audience is completely taken aback. You see, it's not just that people want to be scared; people are scared.
4It seems like all the powerful people on earth just want to build condos and knock down all the trees... As somebody once said with wonderful succinctness, the golf course is man's boot on the neck of nature.
5What you want to do is you want to put your audience off-balance. You have to be aware of what the audience's expectations are, and then you have to pervert them, basically, and hit them upside the head from a direction they weren't looking.
6Certainly the deepest horror, as far as I'm concerned, is what happens to your body at your own hands and others.
7You don't enter the theater and pay your money to be afraid. You enter the theater and pay your money to have the fears that are already in you when you go into a theater dealt with and put into a narrative. Stories and narratives are one of the most powerful things in humanity. They're devices for dealing with the chaotic danger of existence.
8'Happy wife, happy life' is a mantra it seems unwise to ignore.
9The horrors of retirement. These are scarier than any horror movie I can dream up.
10For me with all this stuff, both the horror films and thrillers like this, the most interesting thing is what goes on inside people's heads.
11You have a responsibility to really help the [horror] genre grow, 'cause there's no limit to how profound it can become. If you go back to those guys like [Federico] Fellini and [Luis] Buñuel, talking about really profound things. Now, I don't know whether you can get a big audience with films that abstruse, but you can in horror if you scare the shit out of them about every eight minutes. So you do a fun deal with the devil: I've got to put a lot of interesting ideas, but I'll hide them and I'll also scare people and make them laugh.
12I've always felt like [Scream's] Sidney or [A Nightmare on Elm Street's] Nancy could never go back to that state of mind that they were in before, but that's the life of a warrior, and in a sense, there are no more civilians anymore. You're a warrior. You're in combat. Because the whole world's in combat.
13It was a great pleasure to make [Music of the Heart], and to see Meryl [Streep] nominated [for a best actress Oscar] for it. But most of the people I run into who loved it are surprised that I made it. When you have a name that means scares, you have to live with that.
14When you have an idea that really fascinates you and you can honestly say, 'I've never seen anything like that,' what you get is, you get that first audience goes out and tells everybody. And the reason they do that is they've never seen anything like it. You're trying to be the avant-garde of horror. That's where you want to be.
15[on horror films in general] I think they can work two ways. They can distort the reality of violence in a way that makes it seem very attractive; they can show the Dionysian side, which is a whole orgiastic, cruel thing, getting off on the suffering of other people. I think that's a very dangerous kind of horror film. I try to make the kind that shows the end result of violence is something quite appalling. But in the long view, I'm not so sure anymore what the hell it all means.
16[on the film business] It's a strange business, because once you finish a film, there's this deafening silence and you say, "I'm not working," and the phone doesn't ring. You utterly panic. It's harrowing. Everything is so short-term, so dependent on the whim of public taste and business things you have no control over, like how the economy is going, and how well your film is distributed, or what ad campaign they come up with, or even what the title is.
17[on how he got Drew Barrymore to look scared and crying in Scream] Drew Barrymore told me a story of a boy who tortured his...I think it was his dog, with a lighter and it set it on fire and she burst into tears. And being the exploitative bastard that I am as a director, I said "do you mind if we use that?"So every time on the set if I wanted her to cry, I'd say "the boy has the lighter" or something like that, and she'd burst into tears and be just frantic.
18[on his 1995 movie Vampire in Brooklyn] That was kind of a screwed-up thing, because I wanted to work with a big star. I suppose it could have been better if it were a horror movie, but it wasn't. Eddie (Murphy) didn't want to be funny. He wanted to be serious and he was very difficult.
19[on his 1996 movie Scream] It's almost on a comic book level as far as the danger. And also kind of soap opera-ish.
20[on his 1999 movie Music of the Heart] That's my mom's favorite movie of mine, because it was the only one she saw. It was something that I was really drawn to. Horror films are not me, or they're not all of me. They're a very thin slice of me.
21[on A nightmare on Elm Street having sequels] I thought they'll never be a sequel. Boy was I stupid.
22I think sometimes you might expect or want greater recognition. But to me it's a little like how French Impressionists felt about formal recognition. You know, once you're a member of the academy you never pose any danger or threat. I don't know if I'd like that.
23A producer said, 'Make a horror movie'. I said 'I've never seen one.' He said, 'You're a fundamentalist, you must have demons rattling around.
24There is rage in my films, but it's a complete matrix. Sone could be directed at my father, a scary figure.
25If I were interested in reality, I'd be making documentaries.
26"If we don't get out of Iraq soon, it'll be like A Nightmare on Elm Street" (April 2007)
27Certainly the deepest horror, as far as I'm concerned, is what happens to your body at your own hands and others.
28In retrospect, it's usually pretty easy to look at horror movies and see the influences of the time. And I think right now, with the post-9-11 world and Iraq, creative people are almost being goaded to look at things in the strongest way possible. If you look at the Academy Awards [movies], those are films about real issues. I think everybody is saying, 'We have to talk about the nitty-gritty stuff here.' It's not the time for confections. [March 2006]
29I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can, and the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage.
30I like to address the fears of my culture. I believe it's good to face the enemy, for the enemy is fear.
31Horror films don't create fear. They release it.
32On horror movies: "It's like boot camp for the psyche. In real life, human beings are packaged in the flimsiest of packages, threatened by real and sometimes horrifying dangers, events like Columbine. But the narrative form puts these fears into a manageable series of events. It gives us a way of thinking rationally about our fears."
33I believe the cinema is one of our principal forms of art. It is an incredibly powerful way to tell uplifitng stories that can move people to cry with joy and inspire them to reach for the stars.

#Trademark
1Often featured actor Matthew Lillard in his films, even if uncredited
2Children in his films are often deformed or brutally murdered, often by the main villain
3His horror films often contain important social issues (e.g. The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes)
4Villains are often deformed and monstrous looking
5Brutal and graphic depiction of violence
6His protagonists are often ordinary characters caught in extraordinary and Horrific circumstances
7His unglamorous depictions of sadistic and realistically brutal killers
8Often features strong female characters
9His characters often use elaborate booby traps, to capture the villain
10Family issues, specifically family breakdown
11On-going in-joke feud with Sam Raimi

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