Wes Craven, best known for directing iconic horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, sadly passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday at the age of 76. As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, his passing was a result of a battle with brain cancer.
Craven, whose feature film debut was 1972’s The Last House On The Left, was one of the most influential horror filmmakers of all time and is credited with reinventing the genre multiple times throughout his four decades-plus career. A Nightmare On Elm Street, released in 1984, not only gave a young Johnny Depp his first big break, but also gave the world one of the most iconic horror villains ever in the form of Freddy Krueger.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Craven was able to continue innovating long into his career. Scream, released in 1996, essentially reinvented horror films for the Gen-X crowds by turning its attention to the overused cliches of the genre, while also delivering a critically and commercially-successful scarefest at the same time.
While his later filmmaking output was largely hit and miss, Craven managed to stay active and relevant right up until his death, working on several television and film projects. He is survived by his wife Iya Labunka, a film producer and production manager, and his two children from a previous marriage, Jonathan and Jessica.
(Source: The AV Club)