Some fans have gone back-and-forth with the decision on the best horror film director ever.
But "A Nightmare of Elm Street" (1984) and "Scream" (1996) are two of the most inventive and redefining horror movies ever. Let's not forget that both films produced successful and acclaimed franchises.
While some say Craven has fewer good films to choose from, his fans argue that his franchises have been better. The three "A Nightmare on Elm Street" films—the original, "Dream Warriors" and "New Nightmare"—that Craven was involved in are some of the genre's best. Plus, the entire "Scream" franchise is irreplaceable.