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Summary Article: Craven, Wes(ley Earl) (1939–2015) from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US director, producer, and writer who specialized in horror films aimed largely at a teenage audience. He rose to fame with the success of the film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), which he wrote and directed, and which became a successful franchise. He went on to direct Scream (1996) and its three sequels (1997, 2000, 2011). Scream was celebrated for its chilling yet ironic tone, poking fun at low-budget horror films, while still achieving mainstream box-office success.

He also directed The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and The People Under the Stairs (1991). His film Music of the Heart (1999) marked a departure from the horror genre; starring Meryl Streep, it was about the true-life story of violin teacher Roberta Guaspari.

Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He published a novel, Fountain Society in 1999, and a comic book series Coming of Rage in 2014.

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