Legendary horror director Wes Craven, who created the “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” franchises, has passed away at the age of 76.

A statement released by Craven’s family said he died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer.

02/24/07 - Writer/Director Wes Craven(pictured) and his son Jonathan Craven co-wrote "The Hills Have Eyes 2" which hits theatres on March 23rd.
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Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 2nd August 1939. He’s best known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he claimed that the idea for “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise came after “living next to a cemetery on a street of that name in the suburbs of Cleveland”.

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Craven made his directorial debut with “The Last House of the Left”, a rape-revenge movie he wrote, directed, and edited in 1972. Although its confrontational violence resulted in heavy censorship and banning in some countries, it was generally well-received by critics and became a major box office success. It was remade into a 2009 film of the same name.

Craven then wrote and directed “The Hills Have Eyes” in 1977. The film became an instant cult classic and a sequel titled “The Hills Have Eyes Part II” was released in 1985. He disowned the sequel but later wrote the sequel to Alexandre Aja’s 2006 remake with his son Jonathan in 2007.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

In 1984, Craven teamed up with his frequent collaborator Sean S. Cunningham to reinvent the teen horror genre through “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Freddy Krueger, which was a character created by Craven in the film, horrified viewers for years and appeared together with Jason Voorhees in 2003’s “Freddy vs. Jason”. Jason is a character created by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Cunningham, and Tom Savini.

The first 5 “Nightmare on Elm Street” films, which were released from 1984 to 1989, accumulated a large fan following. His popularity later reached greater heights with the release of the “Scream” series. Released from 1996 to 2011, the series was a box office sensation as he “spoofed” the genre and referenced other horror movies.

Craven’s other hit films include 2005’s “Red Eye” and 2010’s “My Soul to Take”.

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Craven helped launched Johnny Depp‘s acting career as he gave Depp his first major film role through “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. He also gave Sharon Stone her first starring role in 1981’s “Deadly Blessing”. Through an episode of the 1980s version of “The Twilight Zone”, Bruce Willis was also given his first featured role.

Upon hearing the news about Craven’s death, celebrities, fans and directors alike took to social media to express their shock and send their condolences.

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Thank you for the nightmares, Craven. You will forever be missed.

Source: THR.

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