Legendary horror filmmaker Wes Craven died earlier today in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer.
The 76-year-old director was the iconic man behind the creation of the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” franchises, but he was also a prolific writer, producer and even novelist.
Though dabbling in dramas, Craven was always known for his horror work starting with the controversial “The Last House on the Left” in 1972 which he then followed with the original “The Hills Have Eyes” and its sequel along with the comic book adaptation “Swamp Thing”.
The real breakthrough came in 1984 with the first “A Nightmare on Elm Street” which also launched the career of megastar Johnny Depp. He returned to the series twice penning the third entry and then writing and directing the meta-style “New Nightmare”.
He also directed a bunch of standalone horror films like “Shocker,” “The People Under the Stairs” and the true story inspired “The Serpent and the Rainbow”
He and writer Kevin Williamson went on to create the “Scream” franchise which he directed all four entries in. He also tried his hand at other genres including thrillers like “Red Eye,” comedy with “Vampire in Brooklyn” and feel good drama with “Music of the Heart”.
Craven is survived by his wife, three children and three grandchildren. Our sincerest condolences go out to them and his many fans.