Director Profile: Wes Craven

Wes Craven

As with many directors of horror, it is hard to pin down exactly what makes them an auteur, or even if they can be classed as one. Wes Craven, alongside others, have made huge contributions to horror as a genre and helped not only set conventions but work towards breaking them. His films helped redefine horror in Hollywood on a number of occasions and his impact can be seen on many current directors.

Wes Craven’s Point of View

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland Ohio in August 1939 and died in August 2015. He was raised in a strict Baptist household and therefore saw very little films due to his parent’s religious beliefs. Craven taught English for a brief time before moving to New York where he became a humanities professor.

This move to New York helped introduce him to art house theatres and the work of directors such as Ingmar Bergman whose work, he had stated, inspired him to pursue film-making. At the age of 28 he left teaching and after a brief stint working in the porn film industry, he turned to making horror.

In 1972 he made his debut with The Last House on the Left, Wes Craven’s take on Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring (1960), which was accompanied with taglines such as ‘Can a movie go TOO FAR?’ and ‘To avoid fainting, keep repeating: “It’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie…”. Despite its violent nature, the film was generally well received though it was censored in many places and, although available uncut in the UK initially, it was later banned through the late 80s-90s.

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