by Justin Cook
Horror master Wes Craven passed away on Sunday at the age of 76 following a battle with brain cancer. His family issued a statement about the director’s death.
Craven had been working in Hollywood since 1972, when he made his directorial debut with the low-budget film The Last House on the Left. In the decades that came after, Craven wrote and directed such classics as 1977’s The Hills Have Eyes and 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, the latter of which of course gave birth to Freddy Krueger, perhaps the most recognizable face in all of horror. Craven’s other films include New Nightmare, Swamp Thing and My Soul to Take.
While many things separated Craven from other horror film directors, his ability to not only scare audiences, but in some cases even poke fun at the horror genre, made him truly unique. His four Scream films all played with horror movie cliches, and were full of genuinely surprising twists and turns because of their self-awareness. They also raked in over $600 million worldwide on a combined budget of about $120 million.
There’s no denying that Craven’s name is one of the most revered in the horror genre, and his films will surely live on for years to come.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter