Wes Craven was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films. He was best known for creating the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy
Krueger character, directing the first installment and Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and co-writing A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors with Bruce Wagner.
Craven also directed all four films in the Scream series, and co-created the Ghostface character. Some of his other films include The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Red Eye and My Soul to Take.
He died of brain cancer aged 76.
Filmography with links to details of those films that suffered at the hands of censors.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 US horror film by Wes Craven.
With Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund.
Uncut on VHS but the cut US Theatrical version is the only one available on UK/US DVD
Summary Review: A new kind of Boogeyman
In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer Freedy Krueger stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.
The acting isn't always the greatest and it looks just the slightest bit dated, but it's still a really damn good movie. It's power lies in the fact that sleep cannot be avoided.
Robert Englund as Freddy is flawless, a new kind of Boogeyman - a smartass. Freddy is hideously burned, covered in scar tissue and has all the fashion sense of a wino, but he's cool. Not content to simply disembowel his screaming victims, Freddy has
to tease them a little first, flirting, humiliating or showing off.
cut Theatrical Version
UK: The cut US R Rated Theatrical Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
The US Collectors Edition laserdisc (Elite Entertainment) details cuts made as the film went through the MPAA:
5s : Tina's corpse hitting the bed, and the resultant large splash of blood all over her boyfriend Rod
8s : A geyser of blood spurting up from Glen's bed and hitting the ceiling.
Thanks to Dave:
I recently watched the 2 disc box set of A Nightmare on Elm Street which they say is cut to the death of the girl Tina via a blood splash as she hits the bed. The scene plays out on R2 Turkish release. When Tina hits the bed we see the blood
spurt all over her shocked boyfriend Rod. A pretty tame and lame MPAA cut by any standards to make an R and obviously it never offended Turkish censors for this new uncut DVD release! The A geyser of blood spurting up from Glen's bed is also intact
in this Turkish release
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 is a 1985 US horror film by Jack Sholder.
With Robert Englund, Mark Patton and Kim Myers.
All releases have been uncut.
Summary Review: Not Bad
A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world.
The second in the series doesn't do a bad job. This time another family have moved into the house and the son is stalked by Freddy and Freddy becomes him.
It's occasionally let down by some terrible ideas / effects (see the hell hound scene at the end / exploding budgie), but as a horror film it delivers - relying more on suspense and fear than body count and gore.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for
UK 2011 Warner Online
UK 2011 Warner Nightmare on Elm Street 1-7 Collection R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
Nightmare on Elm Street 3 is a 1987 US horror film by Chuck Russell.
With Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund and Craig Wasson.
Cut for the original R Rating and the cuts have persisted through all releases since.
Summary review: Popular Sequel
Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.
This is the perfect horror film. It's scary, funny, has great suspense, good acting, great writing, good cinematography.
What makes A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 a great sequel is that it has a lot of good horror scenes such as Freddy turning into a snake and trying to eat Kristen (Patricia Arquette), and it also has good suspense, and even a sense of adventure.
UK: The cut R Rated Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
The MPAA required some toning down of the gorier scenes. Most famously, the death of Taryn (switchblade toting punk girl). Originally Freddy injected her with heroin to the degree the top of her head blew out. The subtle tone down is kind of obvious
when watching the film, as it fades to white before we're shown the results of Freddy's actions.
Nightmare on Elm Street 4 is 1988 US horror film by Renny Harlin.
With Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman and Lisa Wilcox.
Uncut in the US but cut by the BBFC to remove nunchuks. BBFC cuts waived in 2001.
Summary Review: Witty Freddy
Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.
While things may have become a little predictable by the fourth Freddy film, this episode is one of the best of the series. The film delivers some deliciously creative deaths and witty repartee a la Krueger. It bolsters and redefines the balance
between what has been and what will be, keeping the series fresh while maintaining the overall continuity.
UK: Passed 15 uncut with all BBFC cuts waived for:
Nightmare on Elm Street 5 is a 1989 US horror by Stephen Hopkins.
With Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox and Kelly Jo Minter.
The Theatrical Version was cut for an R rating. Europe got the uncut version for cinema and VHS but all DVDs and Blu-rays have been the cut Theatrical Version.
Summary review: Re-tread
Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again
Part 4 the series had become the Freddy Krueger show . Basically the character became bigger than the series and so the films became little more than vehicles for his wisecracks andways of dispatching moronic teens. Part 5 continues the theme.
This film has a brilliantly surreal score and some great-looking imagery, and the silly campness of Part 4 is toned down a little. But it's all just a re-tread.
UK: The cut R rated Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is a 1991 US horror by Rachel Talalay.
With Robert Englund, Lisa Zane and Shon Greenblatt.
UK cinema release and VHS was cut by the BBFC. The cuts were waived for DVD
Summary Review: For the Fans
This film was made just for the fans of Freddy Kruger. If you thought you knew all about him you were wrong unless you've seen this. A few unimpressive special effects with a not too thrilling story line but it will teach you
about the mind of Freddy.
Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a 1994 US horror by Wes Craven.
With Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund and Miko Hughes.
Only exists in one uncut version.
Summary review: Well Done
A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?
Wes Craven and Heather Langenkamp return alongside Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger in what Craven himself calls "The Definitive Nightmare", and indeed, it is. So much goes on in the 7th Nightmare on Elm Street entry that it could be
expected one might find it confusing and trivial, but the film is smart, eerie and outstandingly well done by all those involved.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong horror and violence for:
Freddy vs Jason is a 2003 Canada/US/Italy horror by Ronny Yu.
With Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger and Kelly Rowland.
Only exists in one uncut version.
Summary Review: The Final Showdown
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.
Freddy vs. Jason is a massively entertaining film. It's not a traditional slasher film although there are slasher elements in it. It's not a character driven film, either, except for the two killing machines. The entire film exists solely as
background for the final showdown. Maybe for fans only though.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong language, bloody violence and horror for:
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 2010 US horror by Samuel Bayer.
With Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara and Kyle Gallner.
The remake of Nightmare on Elm Street only exists in one uncut version.
Summary Review: Remake
A re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a serial-killer who wields a glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their dreams, resulting in their real death in reality.
Very mixed reviews as to whether the film is any good and how it compares with the original. Perhaps 2/3rds preferring the original. And then about 2/3rds enjoying the remake anyway.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and threat for: