"All I'm doing is rearranging the curtains in the insane asylum."
- Wes Craven


A college teacher who bought a camera and headed to New York to make movies, Wes Craven was born to become the world's greatest horror filmmaker. He just didn't know it growing up.

After working for a while as a messenger in the film industry he got his big break when someone came up with $90,000 to produce a horror film. The movie that resulted was 1972's "Last House on the Left," still one of the most terrifying films of all time. The 16 mm production was so disturbing that riots broke out in some theaters and projectionists even cut scenes out of the movie. It continued playing for years as a midnight ticket and turned Craven into a horror movie icon.

Full Name: Wesley Earl Craven
Date of Birth: August 2, 1939, Cleveland, Ohio
Died: August 30, 2015 (aged 76), Los Angeles, California
Alma mater: Wheaton College, Johns Hopkins University
Career: Producer,Director,Writer. 1972-2015
Family: Iya Labunka, married 2004. 2 children (Jonathan and Jessica)

To view his entire lifes work, go to his website WesCraven.com