MUSIC OF THE HEART
Director WES CRAVEN has been challenging audiences with his bold visions since the release of his first feature film, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972. In the 26 years since the film's arrival, Craven has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a filmmaker with heart, guts, humor -- and an unbridled imagination.
His career has been marked by both creative and commercial milestones. Most recently, Craven directed the phenomenal hit SCREAM (1996) and its equally successful sequel SCREAM 2 (1997). He had already reinvented the youth horror genre, in 1984, with the classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, a film he wrote and directed. Although he did not direct any of its next five sequels, he deconstructed the genre a decade later with he audacious WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE, which was nominated as Best Feature at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards.
He also directed VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN (1995), THE SERPENT
AND THE RAINBOW (1988) and DEADLY FRIEND (1986); he wrote and
directed THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991), SHOCKER (1989), and
SWAMP THING (1980); he wrote, directed and edited THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1975).
For television. Craven helped create and produce the series "Nightmare Cafe" for NBC. He directed the telefilms "Night Visions," "A
Stranger in Our House," "Invitation to Hell," "Chiller," and "Casebuster." He also directed seven classic episodes of the 1980's revival of "The Twilight Zone.
With SCREAM, the 13th feature film he directed, Craven reached a new level of success. The irreverent, genre-bending winner of MTV's 1996 Best Movie Award grossed more than $100 million domestically. SCREAM 2, the sequel with an attitude about sequels, also topped $100 million in domestic box office.
Craven recently completed his first novel, The Fountain Society published by Simon & Schuster. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and holds a Master's Degree in writing and philosophy from John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
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