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Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven (August 2, 1939 - August 30, 2015) was an American film director and writer, perhaps best known as the director of many horror films, including the famed A Nightmare on Elm Street and his eponymous New Nightmare. He is also well known as the director of the Scream franchise, as well as The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Vampire in Brooklyn, Red Eye, and My Soul to Take

Craven also produced many horror movies.

He is a character in Wes Craven's New Nightmare and Wes Craven's New Nightmare (novelization). He played himself in the former.

On August 30, 2015, Craven died of brain cancer at the age of 76, just 28 days after his birthday. The MTV series, Scream did a marathon in memory after his death.