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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
Freddy vs. Jason 2003 characters
New Nightmare 1994 characters / written by
Nightmare Cafe 1992 TV Series creator - 6 episodes
The People Under the Stairs 1991 written by
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare 1991 characters
Night Visions 1990 TV Movie written by
Freddy's Nightmares 1988-1990 TV Series character - 44 episodes
Shocker 1989 written by
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1989 Video Game character
The People Next Door 1989 TV Series story - 1 episode
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child 1989 characters
Fat Boys: Are You Ready for Freddy 1988 Video short character
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988 character
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987 characters / screenplay / story
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge 1985 characters
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 written by
The Hills Have Eyes Part II 1984 written by
Swamp Thing 1982
Deadly Blessing 1981 screenplay
The Hills Have Eyes 1977 written by
The Fireworks Woman 1975 written by - as Abe Snake
The Last House on the Left 1972 written by
Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street 2016 Short character
The Confession of Fred Krueger 2015 Short characters
Freddy Krueger: Nightmare on Vape Street 2015 Short characters
Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street 2014 Short characters
Krueger: A Walk Through Elm Street 2014 Short characters
Krueger: Another Tale from Elm Street 2013 Short character
Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash 2011 Short character - uncredited
Krueger: A Tale from Elm Street 2011 Short characters
My Soul to Take 2010 written by
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 characters
Freddy's Return: A Nightmare Reborn 2009 Video based on characters created by
The Last House on the Left 2009 earlier film
The Hills Have Eyes II 2007 characters / written by
Pulse 2006/I screenplay
Paris, je t'aime 2006 segment "Pere-Lachaise"
The Hills Have Eyes 2006 1977 film
Freddy vs Ghostbusters 2004 Short character - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Girl in the Photographs 2015 executive producer
Scream: The TV Series 2015 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Scream 4 2011 producer
My Soul to Take 2010 producer
The Last House on the Left 2009 producer
The Hills Have Eyes II 2007 producer
The Breed 2006 executive producer
The Hills Have Eyes 2006 producer
Feast 2005 executive producer
They Shoot Divas, Don't They? 2002 TV Movie executive producer
Dracula 2000 2000 executive producer
Hollyweird 1998 TV Movie executive producer
Don't Look Down 1998 TV Movie executive producer
Carnival of Souls 1998 executive producer
Wishmaster 1997 executive producer
Mind Ripper 1995 executive producer
New Nightmare 1994 executive producer
Laurel Canyon 1993 TV Movie executive producer
Nightmare Cafe 1992 TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
The People Under the Stairs 1991 executive producer
Night Visions 1990 TV Movie executive producer
Shocker 1989 executive producer
The People Next Door 1989 TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987 executive producer
Kent State 1981 TV Movie producer
Together 1971 associate producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scream 4 2011
My Soul to Take 2010
Paris, je t'aime 2006 segment "Pere-Lachaise"
Red Eye 2005
Cursed 2005
Scream 3 2000
Music of the Heart 1999
Scream 2 1997
Scream 1996
Vampire in Brooklyn 1995
New Nightmare 1994
Nightmare Cafe 1992 TV Series 1 episode
The People Under the Stairs 1991
Night Visions 1990 TV Movie
Shocker 1989
The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988
The Twilight Zone 1985-1986 TV Series 5 episodes
Deadly Friend 1986
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1986 TV Series 1 episode
Chiller 1985 TV Movie
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
The Hills Have Eyes Part II 1984
Invitation to Hell 1984 TV Movie
Swamp Thing 1982
Deadly Blessing 1981
Stranger in Our House 1978 TV Movie
The Hills Have Eyes 1977
The Fireworks Woman 1975 as Abe Snake
The Last House on the Left 1972

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Castle 2013 TV Series Wes Craven
Scream 4 2011 Coroner (scenes deleted)
Diary of the Dead 2007 Newsreader (voice, uncredited)
Paris, je t'aime 2006 La victime de la vampire (segment "Quartier de la Madeleine")
Red Eye 2005 Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 Wes Craven
Stark Raving Mad 2000 TV Series Terrance Sterling
Scream 3 2000 Man with Video Camera on Studio Tour (uncredited)
Scream 2 1997 Doctor (uncredited)
Scream 1996 Fred the Janitor (uncredited)
Shadow Zone: The Undead Express 1996 TV Movie Counsellor
The Fear 1995 Dr. Arnold
New Nightmare 1994 Wes Craven
Body Bags 1993 TV Movie Pasty Faced Man (segment "The Gas Station")
Shocker 1989 Man Neighbor
The Twilight Zone 1985 TV Series Caged Man #1 (segment "Children's Zoo")
Sweet Cakes 1976 Photographer (uncredited)
The Fireworks Woman 1975 Nicholas Burns (uncredited)
It Happened in Hollywood 1973 King's Litter Bearer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary archival material provided by
Dracula III: Legacy 2005 Video presenter
Looking Back at 'The Hills Have Eyes' 2003 Video documentary photos
Dracula II: Ascension 2003 Video presenter
They 2002 presenter
Dracula 2000 2000 presenter
Bloodfist II 1990 advisor

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hills Have Eyes 1977
The Fireworks Woman 1975 as Abe Snake
Kitty Can't Help It 1975
It Happened in Hollywood 1973
The Last House on the Left 1972

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Evolution of Snuff 1978

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It Happened in Hollywood 1973 assistant director

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here Come the Tigers 1978 gaffer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightmare Cafe 1992 TV Series lyrics: "Rollercoaster of Love"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Something Horrible 2016 in memory of completed
Fox: A Documentary 2016 Video documentary in memory of completed
Walking After You 2016 Short special thanks
Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street 2016 Short dedicated to the memory of: inspiration
Svengoolie 2015 TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
Scream: The TV Series 2015 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Book of the Senseless 2015 Short special thanks
Lazarus: Apocalypse 2014 original inspiration
Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street 2014 Short special thanks
Krueger: A Walk Through Elm Street 2014 Short special thanks
The Body 2013/I Short special thanks
Krueger: Another Tale from Elm Street 2013 Short special thanks
The Killers In Connecticut 2012 very special thanks
Dying 2 Meet U 2012 inspirational thanks
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter 2011 special thanks
Climb It, Tarzan! 2011 special thanks
Petals 2010 inspiration from the works of
The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry 2010 Documentary thanks
Assorted Nightmares: Janitor 2008 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Flores De Asfalto 2008 special thanks
Creature Story 2008 Short special thanks
Diary of the Dead 2007 very special thanks
Delivery 2006 Video special thanks
Zombie Prom 2006 Short special thanks
Ban the Sadist Videos! 2005 Video documentary special thanks
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary thanks
The Nightmare Ends on Halloween 2004 Short special thanks
The Directors 1999 TV Series documentary acknowledgment - 1 episode
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ain't It Cool with Harry Knowles 2015 TV Series Himself
As Timeless as Infinity: The Twilight Zone Legacy 2014 Documentary Himself
Fear, Freud and Class Warfare: Wes Craven Discusses 'The People Under the Stairs' 2013 Video short Himself
House of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen 2013 Video documentary Himself
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th 2013 Video documentary Himself - Creator, A Nightmare on Elm Street
Trespassing Bergman 2013 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Still Screaming: Bonus Features 2013 Video documentary Himself
Deadly Blessing: The Deadliest Director - An Interview with Wes Craven 2013 Video short Himself
Fear Himself: The Life and Crimes of Freddy Krueger 2012 Video short Himself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition 2009-2012 TV Series Himself
The Future of Fear 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'Scream 4' 2011 Video short Himself
The Last House on the Left: Still Standing: The Legacy of Last House on the Left 2011 Video short Himself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Film Director
I Am Nancy 2011 Documentary Himself
Made in Hollywood 2011 TV Series Himself
Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective 2011 Documentary Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Scream: The Inside Story 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Scream Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fred Heads: The Ultimate Freddy Fans 2010 Video short Himself
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary Himself - Writer, Director
Inside the Cinema 2009 TV Movie Himself
The Movie Loft 2009 TV Series Himself
Lucas Booth: Journey to Unknown 2009 Video Himself
Scream Awards 2008 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Science of Horror 2008 Documentary Himself
Exploring the Hills: The Making of 'The Hills Have Eyes 2' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
The Hills Have Eyes 2: Mutant Attacks 2007 Video documentary short Himself
On the Lot 2007 TV Series Himself - Judge
Life After Film School 2007 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fear Files 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2006 Documentary Himself
Never Sleep Again: The Making of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' 2006 Video documentary Himself
Night Terrors 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The House That Freddy Built 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Surviving the Hills: Making of 'The Hills Have Eyes' 2006 Video documentary Himself
Boston Legal 2006 TV Series Himself
HypaSpace 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'Red Eye' 2006 Video short Himself
Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller 2006 Video short Himself
El Magacine 2005 TV Series Himself
HARDtalk Extra 2005 TV Series Himself
Ban the Sadist Videos! 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection 2005 Video documentary
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary Himself - Director, Scream
Project Greenlight 2005 TV Series Himself
Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing 2004 Documentary Himself
Super Secret Movie Rules 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Looking Back at 'The Hills Have Eyes' 2003 Video documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
Celluloid Crime of the Century 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Masters of Horror 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
It's Only a Movie: The Making of 'Last House on the Left' 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Child Stars 2002 TV Movie Himself
Hollywood, Inc. 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Books 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Chris Isaak Show 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
Exposure 2000 TV Series Himself
Behind the 'Scream' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
The American Nightmare 2000 Documentary Himself
Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Nightmare Series Encyclopedia 1999 Documentary Himself
Welcome to Primetime 1999 Video documentary Himself
The Directors 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Unmasking the Horror 1998 Video Himself
Welcome to Hollywood 1998 Himself
1997 MTV Movie Awards 1997 TV Special documentary Himself
A-Z of Horror 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Monstervision 1997 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 1996 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Anatomy of Horror 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994 TV Series Himself - Guest
Night of the Living Dead: 25th Anniversary Documentary 1993 Video documentary Himself
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinema 3 1992 TV Series Himself
Freddy Speaks 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Fear in the Dark 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'The People Under the Stairs' 1991 TV Short Himself
The Making of 'Nightmare on Elm Street IV' 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Gorgon Video Magazine 1989 Video documentary Himself
The Media Show 1988 TV Series Himself
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors 1986 Video documentary Himself
Stephen King's World of Horror 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2011-2013 TV Series documentary Newsreader / Wes Craven
E! True Hollywood Story 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award New York City Horror Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
2000 Lifetime Achievement Award Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
2000 Maverick Tribute Award Cinequest San Jose Film Festival
1997 Grand Prize Gérardmer Film Festival Scream (1996)
1995 Life Career Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1995 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Screenplay New Nightmare (1994)
1992 Special Jury Award Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival The People Under the Stairs (1991)
1992 Pegasus Audience Award Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF) The People Under the Stairs (1991)
1985 Critics Award Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
1977 Prize of the International Critics' Jury Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Scream (1996)
1996 Honorable Mentions (The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders) Awards Circuit Community Awards Honorable Mentions Scream (1996)
1995 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film New Nightmare (1994)
1990 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film Shocker (1989)


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#Fact
1 He had English and German ancestry.
2 His 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.
3 He 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).
4 Freddy 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.
5 Based 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.
6 Authored newspaper article about his current, off-the-set downtime entitled "Retirement: Scarier Than Freddy Krueger" in NYTimes. [February 2013]
7 He 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.
8 Directed one Oscar nominated performance: 'Meryl Streep' in Music of the Heart (1999).
9 Profiled in "Hollywood Horror from the Director's Chair: Six Filmmakers in the Franchise of Fear" by Simon Wilkinson (McFarland, 2008).
10 His 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.
11 Was set to direct Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) but was replaced after creative differences with star Christopher Reeve.
12 Developed 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.
13 Co-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).
14 When 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."
15 Former son-in-law, composer Michael Maccini.
16 Directed 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)
17 He 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.
18 He was the disc jockey for the campus radio station at Clarkson College, where he was a humanities professor.
19 His father died when he was 4-years-old.
20 He is an avid birdwatcher.
21 Donated 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.
22 In 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.
23 Rumoured to have named his onscreen horror creation Freddy Kruger for a boy who used to bully him in high school.
24 "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.
25 Father of Jonathan Craven and Jessica Craven.

#Quote
1 I 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.
2 The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.
3 Horror 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.
4 It 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.
5 What 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.
6 Certainly the deepest horror, as far as I'm concerned, is what happens to your body at your own hands and others.
7 You 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.
9 The horrors of retirement. These are scarier than any horror movie I can dream up.
10 For 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.
11 You 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.
12 I'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.
13 It 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.
14 When 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.
22 I 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.
23 A 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.
24 There is rage in my films, but it's a complete matrix. Sone could be directed at my father, a scary figure.
25 If 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)
27 Certainly the deepest horror, as far as I'm concerned, is what happens to your body at your own hands and others.
28 In 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]
29 I 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.
30 I like to address the fears of my culture. I believe it's good to face the enemy, for the enemy is fear.
31 Horror films don't create fear. They release it.
32 On 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."
33 I 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
1 Often featured actor Matthew Lillard in his films, even if uncredited
2 Children in his films are often deformed or brutally murdered, often by the main villain
3 His horror films often contain important social issues (e.g. The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes)
4 Villains are often deformed and monstrous looking
5 Brutal and graphic depiction of violence
6 His protagonists are often ordinary characters caught in extraordinary and Horrific circumstances
7 His unglamorous depictions of sadistic and realistically brutal killers
8 Often features strong female characters
9 His characters often use elaborate booby traps, to capture the villain
10 Family issues, specifically family breakdown
11 On-going in-joke feud with Sam Raimi
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