Wes Craven arrrives for Mary King’s Close tour

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HE is a world-famous horror film director and it is known as one of the Capital’s most spine-chilling tourist attractions.

But while they might seem an ideal match, staff at Mary King’s Close still got the shock of their lives when Wes Craven arrived for a tour.

The Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream director and his wife, Iya Labunka, visited the Close yesterday.

The couple are currently on holiday in the Capital and spent the day taking in the sights.

Craven made no secret of his trip, uploading a series of images to his Twitter account.

He tweeted images from the Old Town, a city street performer and a view from the Walter Scott memorial.

Craig Miller, general manager of Mary King’s Close, said: “We have quite a few horror movie geeks working here as you can imagine, so he was recognised almost immediately.

“He said he was just in town with his wife and were doing an itinerary of Edinburgh, and had heard it was one of the must-see places, which was nice.

“I’m a huge, huge horror film fan, and he’s made some of the most iconic films ever, so it was very exciting to have them. At the same time, you have to stay professional but it can be a challenge. I feel very privileged to have met him.”

Mr Miller said that Craven paid tribute to the tour guides, who carry out their roles in character, calling them “engrossing”.

The director agreed to return later to sign a vintage Nightmare on Elm Street movie poster, belonging to Mr Miller.

Other high-profile guests to have been sighted wandering Mary King’s Close include Oliver Stone, Annie Lennox, Elliot Gould and Britt Ekland.