NEW YORK — Director Wes Craven will receive the 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ShowEast, the confab for exhibitors and distributors that will be held from Oct. 20-23 at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal.

“Mr. Craven’s imagery and storytelling has entranced and haunted audiences worldwide for years. He is certainly among the greatest talents ever in the horror genre,” said ShowEast general chairman Greg Dunn.

The award will be presented at a luncheon sponsored by Miramax Films on Oct. 22 at the Taj Mahal.

Craven, whose 1996 “Scream” grossed more than $100 million, has helmed more than a dozen films, the best known of which is “Nightmare on Elm Street.” He did not direct the five sequels that followed the 1984 pic. Other credits include “The Hills Have Eyes,” “Last House on the Left,” “The People Under the Stairs,” “Swamp Thing,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” “Shocker” and “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.”

Earlier this year, Craven signed a three-film pay-or-play deal with Miramax and its genre banner Dimension Films. Craven’s first pic under the pact is the highly anticipated “Scream 2,” due out over the holidays.

Craven joins a list of ShowEast Lifetime Achievement Award winners that includes Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Walter Matthau, Joe Roth, Jack Valenti, Sherry Lansing and Walter Dunn.

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