Wes Craven dies at age 76 of brain cancer

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Wes Craven has died at age 76. Photo credit: Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zmo9fGtcVE

Wes Craven, who was famous for writing and directing such films as “Nightmare on Elm Street” and the “Scream” movies, died today, Sunday Aug. 30, according to his family at his home in Los Angeles after he fought a battle with brain cancer. He was 76 years old.

Craven was famous for the iconic slasher character, Freddie Krueger. Krueger horrified viewers for years in the different “Nightmare on Elms Street” movies. Craven said he got his idea for Krueger when he lived near a cemetery on a street with the same name while he was growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter on Aug. 30, his five “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies were all released between 1984 and 1989.

His “Scream” movies were a box-office hit and they targeted the teen genre. These movies commonly made references to other horror films.

His first feature film was “The Last House on the Left” was made in 1972. After this movie was made, he made his mark in the horror film genre.

Although he was the horror film writer and director, he took a break from writing and directing in this genre between the making of “Scream 2” and “Scream 3” to write the film, “Music of the Heart” which was released in 1999. “Music of the Heart” also earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

According to Deadline, before his death, he had signed a TV deal for the shows, “”The People Under the Stairs” and “We are all Completely Fine” with SYFY. He was also executive producer for the “Scream” series for MTV.

Craven will be missed by everyone.

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