Wes Craven Dead at 76

Wes Craven

2 August 2, 1939 - 30 August 2015

By John Roisland

Wes Craven

Today a legend has moved on; I bring you the very sad news that Wes Craven has passed away. Craven had been battling with brain cancer and died at his home in Los Angeles, California, today. He was 76.

Wes Craven was born Wesley Earl Craven on 2 August 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio. Craven's first film was the highly controversial The Last House on the Left (1972), a movie so shockingly brutal that he faked an MPAA approval to get it distributed. In 1984, he wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street (featuring a young Johnny Depp), a film that was inspired by news reports of healthy young men who died in their sleep apparently without cause. After five sequels from other directors, Craven returned to Elm Street in 1994 with New Nightmare, bringing both Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon together with Robert Englund again.

Craven became synonymous with horror in 1996 when he directed the Kevin Williamson script for Scream – a movie that redefined the horror genre by looking at the genre from within. He went on to direct the three sequels, each building upon and expanding the original self-reflexive film, as well as produce the 2015 TV series created from the franchise. Other popular Wes Craven are Shocker, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Chiller, and The Hills Have Eyes.

Wes Craven's writing and directing has and will continue to scare, and inspire future horror fans for years to come.

Rest easy, sir...

Posted by John Roisland

Horror fan bringing my love for the genre to world in as many forms I can- website, podcast, vlogs, and coming soon, producer! Through this, I am living my nightmarish dreams. Join me.... if you can handle it!

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