|Meryl Streep in 1999's Music of the Heart. (Miramax)|
In 1972, Craven began his career in horror with The Last House on the Left with Sean Cunningham.
“It was totally coincidence. My mother wouldn’t even let me read DC Comics,” Craven said in an interview with AV Club. “It was just that Sean had some guys with some money who wanted to make a movie that was interesting, and it had to be scary. I literally remember a conversation along the lines of, 'Sean, I don’t know anything about making a scary movie.'” Somehow he managed to do just fine.