So sad. Director Wes Craven, who’s best known for ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare On Elm Street,’ died this afternoon in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer. He was 76 years old. Find out all the details here.
We can’t even believe we’re writing this, but legendary director Wes Craven passed away at his home on Aug. 30, following a battle with brain cancer. The Scream and Nightmare On Elm Street direction was 76 at the time of his death.
“Wes Craven was a tremendous visionary whose sensibility for scares has connected with generations of MTV fans. We are honored to have worked with him and proud to carry on his legacy with ‘Scream.’ Our hearts go out to his family and friends,” MTV said in a statement to HollywoodLife.com.
Wes made his mark on Hollywood in 1972 with his first feature film, The Last House On The Left. He later reinvented the horror genre in 1984 with A Nightmare on Elm Street, which also starred a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The five films in that franchise were released between 1984-1989. He gained superstardom in 1996 after directing Scream, which was written by Kevin Williamson. He then went on to direct the film’s three sequels and executive produce the current MTV series, which is based on the famous movies.
Wes’ death was reported by HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Variety.
Our thoughts go out to Wes’ family, friends and fans during this difficult time.
— Chris Rogers