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Today in History (1939): Wes Craven is born

Before there were hordes of vampires battling one another in Hollywood, there were slasher flicks that scared the living daylights out of teenagers in movie houses, brought to the silver screen by Wes Craven.

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Wes Craven is an American film director, screen writer, producer and actor known for his thriller and horror films. Remember Freddy Krueger from the unforgettable film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Wes Craven is responsible for introducing Freddy into your life, and the nightmares that may have followed.

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He was born in Cleveland Ohio on August 2, 1939. He took up English and Psychology at Wheaton College in Illinois and earned a masters degree in Philosophy and Writing from John Hopkins University. He was married thrice and has two children.

Before venturing into film, he taught English at Westminster College and Humanities at Clarkson University. He became a sound editor for a New York-based post-production company thereafter.

Prior to directing horror movies, Craven honed his craft through directing pornographic films. He used pseudonyms for these projects. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he directed in 1972.

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Craven frequently collaborated with Sean Cunningham, who created the Friday the 13th series. The latter directed an uncredited scene in Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees, the charters they created, appeared in together in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason.

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Wes Craven has been directing, producing, and writing for film since the 1970’s. Apart for Nightmare on Elm Street, his other top grossing projects include A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The People Under the Stairs, and the Scream series. He is also one of the collaborative directors for Paris, je t’aime.

So without further nightmares, let’s all greet Wes Craven a Happy Birthday.

Information for this article was sourced from Wikipedia.

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