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A selection of personal favourites from Wes Craven...

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Wes Craven.
Starring John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Charles Fleischer and Lin Shaye.

After Tina Gray is brutally murdered in her sleep, the local authorities suspect her criminal boyfriend, Rod Lane. Yet her best friend, Nancy Thompson, has been having the same dreams as Tina, in which she is being terrorised by a burnt man with knives for fingers. Despite her parents dismissing her fears as being all in her mind, both her father and mother are harbouring a deadly secret regarding the man who is now terrorising her dreams.

THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (1991)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Wes Craven.
Starring Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer, Ving Rhames, Sean Whalen, Bill Cobbs, Kelly Jo Minter, Jeremy Roberts and Conni Marie Brazelton.

Living in poverty with his sick mother and facing eviction, a young boy called Fool is recruited by his older sister's boyfriend, Leroy, to help break into the heavily protected home of his landlords in an attempt to locate gold that is rumoured to be there. With both Leroy and their accomplice, Spenser, murdered soon after their arrival, Fool is chased through the house by the deranged owners, but soon finds salvation from their daughter, Alice, and a group of youngsters who live behind the walls.

SCREAM (1996)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Kevin Williamson.
Starring David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Lawrence Hecht, Joseph Whipp, Kevin Patrick Walls and the voice of Roger Jackson.

After local teen Casey Becker and her boyfriend Steve are brutally murdered by an unknown assailant, the local police begin to investigate motives and possible suspects, while ambitious reporter Gale Weathers tries to find a link between the tragedy and the murder of a middle-aged woman a year earlier. That victim's daugther, Sidney Prescott, is still trying to put the pieces of her life back together with the help of her boyfriend, Billy Loomis, and close friends Tatum Riley, Stu Macher and film nerd Randy Meeks. But evidence soon begins to point towards one of her closest friends as the deranged killer who has an unhealthy obsession with horror movies.

THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Wes Craven.
Starring John Steadman, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Peter Locke, Russ Grieve, Virginia Vincent, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace, Brenda Marinoff and James Whitworth.

After stopping at a remote service station, an all-American family follow the advice of the owner and decide to take a shortcut off the beaten track and through the hills of the desert, yet when they lose control of the car and come off the road they are left stranded in the middle of nowhere. With the father having wandered back towards the station, the family are left alone to defend themselves from a family of feral cannibals that dwell in the mountains that surround them.

THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (1988)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Richard Maxwell and A.R. Simoun.
Based on the writings of Wade Davis.
Starring Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Brent Jennings, Conrad Roberts, Badja Djola and Michael Gough.

Anthropologist Dennis Alan arrives in Haiti to investigate stories of a voodoo powder turning locals into a zombie-like state, resulting in them being buried alive and then climbing their way out from the graves some time later. Arousing the wrath of the local authorities, Alan finds himself a target of a military captain, while also coming dangerously close to discovering the truth behind life after death.

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Wes Craven.
Starring Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler, Gaylord St. James, Cynthia Carr, Ada Washington, Marshall Anker and Martin Kove.

Mari Collingwood and Phyllis Stone make their way into the city to attend a rock concert but decide to score some marijuana first. Meating a young man called Junior in the street, they are led into an apartment where they find three dangerous criminals; Krug, Sadie and Weasel. Taken to a car and driven out to the woods, the girls are taunted, stripped and molested before being brutally murdered. Once done, the group then head towards a nearby house, but when the occupants discover that one of the gang's victims was their own daughter they exact brutal revenge against them.

RED EYE (2005)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Carl Ellsworth and Dan Foos.
Starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Laura Johnson, Max Kasch, Jayma Mays, Angela Paton, Suzie Plakson, Jack Scalia, Teresa Press-Marx and Robert Pine.

Taking the last plane home after attending a funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert finds herself sat next to the charming Jackson Rippner. But once the plane is in the air she is told that there is a killer outside her father's home and if she does not allow them the means to assassinate one of the guests at her hotel then her father will die instead.

SCREAM 2 (1997)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Kevin Williamson.
Starring David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Liev Schreiber, Elise Neal, Jada Pinkett, Omar Epps, Heather Graham, Timothy Olyphant and the voice of Roger Jackson.

Having moved on from the massacre in her hometown that had almost claimed her life, Sidney Prescott and Randy Meeks have relocated to college and put the past behind them. But when a young couple are murdered during a screening of a movie based on the earlier killings, reporter Gale Weathers realises there is a story that she can sensationalise, while Sidney once again fears for her life.

DEADLY FRIEND (1986)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Bruce Joel Rubin.
Based on the story by Diana Henstell.
Starring Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey, Anne Ramsey and Richard Marcus.

Young science wizard Paul Conway becomes close friends with his neighbour, the attractive Samantha Pringle, but her father forbids them speaking to each other, often resulting in her appearing with fresh bruises on her skin. But when she is killed by her father during an argument, Paul implants an artificial brain inside her in the hope of bringing her back to life.

SHOCKER (1989)

Directed by Wes Craven.
Written by Wes Craven.
Starring Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Sam Scarber, Cami Cooper, Ted Raimi, Keith Anthony-Lubow-Bellamy, Heather Langenkamp, Virginia Morris, John Tesh and Jessica Craven.

After a brutal murder spree ends in his capture, Horace Pinker is sentenced to execution in the electric chair. The main person responsible for him being caught was Jonathan Parker, son of the lead detective, whom Pinker vows to take vengeance on even after his death.