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  • 24Emmy
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    #193499

    Wes Craven Dies: Veteran Director Of ‘Scream,’ ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ Was 76

    by Kinsey Lowe  


    August 30, 2015 6:19pm

    Director Wes Craven died this afternoon in Los Angeles. Craven was 76 and passed away after battling brain cancer.

    From his first feature film The Last House On The Left as
    writer, director and editor in 1972, Craven made his mark as a
    genre-bending, bracingly innovative horror director with a biting sense
    of humor. Craven also consistently demonstrated that he was a filmmaker
    with heart.

    Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic and very scary A Nightmare on Elm Street,
    which also introduced a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie spawned
    several sequels, most of them directed and written by others.

    In 1996 Craven experienced a rebirth in horror with the release of Scream, which was written by Kevin Williamson. Scream sparked multiple sequels and spoofs.

    Craven took a breather from horror between Scream 2 and Scream 3, when he seized an opportunity to direct a non-genre film for Miramax, Music of the Heart
    (1999), which earned star Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for
    Best Actress. That same year he completed his first novel, The Fountain Society published by Simon & Shuster.

    Craven continued to stretched his creative boundaries with the 2005 thriller Red Eye,
    starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox. The following
    year he switched gears to write and direct a romantic comedy homage to
    Oscar Wilde featuring Emily Mortimer and Rufus Sewell as a segment in
    the popular French ensemble anthology Paris Je T’aime.

    He then returned to horror as producer of remakes of two of his
    earlier films, The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and The Last House on the Left
    (2009). Craven’s most recent written and directed film, My Soul To Take
    (2010), once again brought together a cast of up-and-coming actors. It
    also marked Craven’s first collaboration with wife and producer Iya
    Labunka, who also produced Scream 4, which reunited Craven with
    screenwriter Williamson, as well as with stars Neve Campbell, Courteney
    Cox and David Arquette, joined by newcomers Emma Roberts and Hayden
    Pannetierre.

    Remaining creatively engaged and active until his death, Craven had
    signed an overall TV deal with Universal Cable Productions. He had a
    number of projects in development including The People Under the Stairs and We Are All Completely Fine with Syfy, Disciples with UCP, and Sleepers with Federation Entertainment. He also was serving as exec producer on the Scream series for MTV.

    Craven also recently wrote and was scheduled to direct “Thou Shalt Not Kill” segment for The Weinstein Company/WGN’s Ten Commandments
    miniseries. Additionally he was working on a graphic novel series based
    on his original idea “Coming of Rage” for Liquid Comics in
    collaboration with Steve Niles.

    He also served as an executive producer of the upcoming feature The Girl in the Photographs which will premiere next month the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

    In addition Craven continued to be active as a mentor and producer to
    newer filmmakers, and is an Executive Producer of the upcoming feature
    film “The Girl in the Photographs” which will premiere at the 2015
    Toronto Film Festival.

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    M
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    #193501

    Had no idea he was sick. He will be missed.

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    Jade
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    #193502

     I love horror movies and “Scream” is one of my favorite movies ever. So sad that he died, he will be missed.

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    Tye-Grr
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    Oh, nooooooooo!!! I didn’t even know he was sick. He’s such a legend. The Drew Barrymore opening of ‘Scream’ alone is iconic. Wow… He will be incredibly missed. 🙁

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    rstang00
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    #193504

    CryCryCry

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    #193505

    Wow. Like others, I didn’t even know the man was sick. Damn. Well, this sucks. He is a horror pioneer and will definitely be missed.

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    Alex
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    Damn….he will be missed, he made so many iconic films. Condolences to his family. Like many others here, I had no idea he was sick.

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    Troy
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    Truly a master of horror with so many iconic scenes and characters to his credit.   He will be sorely missed by fans of the genre.

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    moviefan61794
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    #193508

    Just recently made my way through the “Scream” franchise and loved it. The first film might rank among one of my all-time favorites. RIP.

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    Halo_Insider
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    #193509

    Wes Craven’s career could be incredibly uneven, but when he was at the top of his game, he could make some of the most thrilling moments in all of horror. A Nightmare on Elm Street has a very wonderful atmosphere to it, and Scream has always been a personal favorite of mine. The scene where Sidney turns the tables on her attackers is, in my opinion, one of the most cathartic moments in a horror film.

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    John
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    #193510

    I just saw this. He will be greatly missed. Wes Craven redefined the horror genre in the 1970’s with Last House On the Left (a shoestring budget movie) and The Hills Have Eyes five years later (plus a couple sequels). Then came Nightmare on Elm Street in the 1980’s and Scream in the 1990’s which launched franchises.

    Brain cancer is among the ugliest of them. Glioblastoma Multiforme is the most common in adults by an overwhelming percentage. At his age (over 60) the prognosis is infinitesimally small, as near zero as it gets. At best it can be staved off to buy some time with a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Eventually nothing works. It stops responding to the arsenal of chemo, any further radiation would be lethal, and it becomes inoperable. Most don’t make it longer than 18 months with all the treatment possible thrown at it, and it’s less than 6 months without any treatment. Long-term survivors with complete remission (NED, No Evidence of Disease) are exceptionally rare. This is one for which “cured” isn’t in the medical dictionary.

    Tragic, very tragic. Excuse me while I let out a primal scream.

    John

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    M H
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    #193511

    Craven was on my own personal shortlist for an honorary Oscar. I know he had no chance, but the influence he had on the horror genre cannot be understated. 

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    Sasha
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    He was much better director than the ones who have just recently won Oscars. He was an absolute master when it comes to horror movies. Scream is one of my favorite franchises ever. I’m gonna miss him terribly.

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