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Wes Craven

Wes Craven [8]

Born:August 2, 1939
Died:August 30, 2015 (76)
Filmography Rating:6.81 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.46 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.26 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:75.04%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
A Nightmare on Elm Street [1984](45) => Director / Writer
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [1987](48) => Writer
New Nightmare [1994](55) => Director / Writer / Wes Craven
Scream [1996](57) => Director / Fred the Janitor (uncredited)
Scream 2 [1997](58) => Director / Doctor (uncredited)
Scream 3 [2000](61) => Director / Man with Video Camera on Studio Tour (uncredited)
Scream Triple Feature 3-DVD Set [2000](61) => Director
Scream 4 [2011](72) => Director

Trivia that mentions this person:
A Nightmare on Elm Street [1984]
  • Freddy Kruger was designed by Wes Craven to be the typical "silent" serial killer such as Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. But in the sequels Freddy developed a cheeky persona that enabled him to be the black humored villain
  • The original glove was used in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, and was also seen in Evil Dead II. However, when Wes Craven loaned the glove to the A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors set, it was lost, and has never been located since.
  • On the DVD audio commentary, Wes Craven says he was told that this was the first film to use a breakaway mirror.
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [1987]
  • The original premise of the film involved Freddy invading the real world and haunting the actors and crew responsible for the [Nightmare on Elm Street] films. This idea was rejected by the studio, though Wes Craven later used it for New Nightmare.
  • The Freddy glove that was stolen from the set of this film was found in another movie: it was hanging on the wall of the work shed in Evil Dead II, released the same year. It was part of a continued banter between directors Wes Craven and Sam Raimi. Evidence can also be seen on The Hills Have Eyes, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead II.
  • Wes Craven had nothing to do with the first sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, as he didn't believe that [Elm Street] was capable of spawning a franchise. The success of the second film, outgrossing the original, convinced him otherwise.
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master [1988]
  • Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner came upon with a concept for this film that involved time travel through dreams. However, producers Robert Shaye and Sara Risher felt that this was too high a concept for a [Nightmare On Elm Street] sequel and didn't think it fit the formula that Craven created with the first film.
  • The name of the diner where Alice works is called the "Crave Inn", a reference to series creator Wes Craven.
    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge [1985]
  • [Nightmare] series creator Wes Craven refused to work on this film because he never wanted or intended A Nightmare on Elm Street to become an ongoing franchise (and even wanted the first film to have a happy ending), and also because he didn't like the idea of Freddy manipulating the protagonist into committing the murders.
    Scream [1996]
  • Marco Beltrami landed scoring duties after Wes Craven's assistant was on an Internet chat site, asking if anyone knew of any fresh musical talent.
  • When the phone slips out of Billy's hand and hits Stu's head, it was completely unintentional. Wes Craven kept it in because of Stu's realistic reaction.
  • David Arquette's sister Patricia Arquette starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors written and produced by director Wes Craven.
  • To keep Drew Barrymore looking scared and crying, director Wes Craven kept telling her real life stories about animal cruelty. She is a keen animal lover in real life.
    Scream 2 [1997]
  • A number of sequences in Kevin Williamson's screenplay were described simply as "Wes Craven will make it scary".
  • Usually when making a motion picture when an actor is heard on screen, but not seen, such as a voice on a telephone, the actor records his part during post production, which takes place after the completion of principal photography. However, Wes Craven had Roger Jackson, The Voice, on set and actually speaking to on-screen actors by practical, not merely prop, telephone in order to create reality and fear for them. Jackson said when he was on set he was kept out of sight of other actors so they could not put a friendly face to The Voice. Jackson said also that while observing on-set action on monitors, he could see Heather Graham appeared scared between takes, whereas Sarah Michelle Gellar would converse with him on the telephone.
    Scream 3 [2000]
  • Wes Craven filmed three different endings and didn't tell the cast which one he was going to use.
    Scream 4 [2011]
  • Despite the unrealistic way Deputy Perkins walks around after being stabbed in the head, this is actually medically accurate. Wes Craven was watching a television special about a man who was stabbed in the head just the way Hoss is in the film, and the man actually took himself to the hospital.
  • Wes Craven stated he was not going to return as director unless the script was as good as the first Scream.
  • In the scene where Jenny (Aimee Teegarden) explains to Marnie (Britt Robertson) the story about the [Stab] movies, she says "Stab 5 has time travel, which is by far the worst". Wes Craven had the idea of time travel in dreams for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 but the studio rejected it.
    Superman IV: The Quest for Peace [1987]
  • Wes Craven was set to direct, but was replaced after creative differences with star Christopher Reeve.
    New Nightmare [1994]
  • The events in this film revolve around Heather Langenkamp having a stalker. In real life she did have a stalker, and Wes Craven got her permission to weave it into the story.
  • Director Wes Craven had intended to ask Johnny Depp to make an appearance as himself in the funeral scene. Craven never worked up the courage to ask him, but after the film's release, they ran into each other. Craven asked Depp if he would have made an appearance in the movie and Depp said that he would have, and that Craven should have asked him.
  • In this film, Freddy is depicted much closer to what Wes Craven had originally intended for the character - much more menacing, much less comical, with an updated attire and appearance.
  • Before making New Nightmare, Wes Craven watched all of the Elm Street films. By the time he was finished, he claimed that he could not follow the storyline at all. He further regards the sequels to be weak compared to his original masterpiece.
    Doctor Strange [2016]
  • In 1992, Wes Craven was set to direct. Later in 2001, David S. Goyer was going to write and direct. In 2008, Guillermo del Toro was brought on as director. In 2014, Mark Andrews, Jonathan Levine, [?] Nikolaj Arcel, Scott Derrickson and Dean Israelite were on the shortlist to direct. In the end, Derrickson was officially announced to helm the film.
    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives [1986]
  • McLoughlin was actually offered the chance to direct Scream in the mid-90s, the gig Wes Craven eventually accepted. He declined, but during that process he met Kevin Williamson who admitted that the fantastically self-aware Part VI was an influential film for him on his path to eventually writing Scream.