'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Director Wes Craven Has Died at Age 76

August 30, 2015
Source: Variety

Wes Craven

It has been officially confirmed that filmmaker Wes Craven has passed away in California. Craven died at his home in Los Angeles of brain cancer at age 76, according to Variety. He last directed the horror sequel Scream 4 in 2011, but there were rumors that Scream 5 might have been in the works as well. Craven made his feature directing debut with the controversial horror The Last House on the Left in 1972, and he's been shaking up and pushing the horror-thriller genre forward ever since. Aside from the Scream series, perhaps Craven's most successful horror franchise is the A Nightmare on Elm Street series which he started in 1984.

"[Horror movies are] like boot camp for the psyche. In real life, human beings are packaged in the flimsiest of packages, threatened by real and sometimes horrifying dangers, events like Columbine. But the narrative form puts these fears into a manageable series of events. It gives us a way of thinking rationally about our fears." -Wes Craven

Craven's iconic horror filmography includes The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing, Stranger in Our House, Invitation to Hell, Shocker, The People Under the Stairs, New Nightmare, Vampire in Brooklyn, Cursed, the Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, plus My Soul to Take in 3D from 2010. Craven did not direct any of the A Nightmare on Elm Street sequels until New Nightmare, though he did also direct a few other films like Swamp Thing, Music of the Heart and Red Eye throughout his career. Craven claimed he got the idea for Elm Street while living next to a cemetery on a street of that name while growing up in the Cleveland suburbs. His legacy is a seminal set of horror films, and many devoted fans to remember him.

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wow, this sucks

Ryan on Aug 30, 2015


WTF?! Damn, not Wes! Rest in peace.

John Doe on Aug 30, 2015


He actually DID direct one of the Elm Street sequels. (Wes Craven's New Nightmare, other-wise known as A Nightmare on Elm Street 7) But this loss is really tragic, I found out about it at work and it was like a punch in the stomach. The man was a central part of my childhood. In-fact, ... my name on Disqus is 'Wes Draven,' and has been for years... a play on him and The Crow.

Wes Draven on Aug 30, 2015


OHhhhhhhhh I guess you're right, sorry I kinda spaced on that. He didn't direct any of the original batch of sequels, but yep. You're right - he did come back for that one. (I even listed it in the post above ha.)

Alex Billington on Aug 31, 2015


Wow I didn't know he was sick. That's sad, what a great loss of talent

Bounty 4 Zuckuss on Aug 30, 2015


My first Wes Craven memory was watching THE LAST HOUSE OF THE LEFT when I was way too young (like really too young) and watching that fateful scene in which the mom is stabbed over and over and over again in the belly. I rewound that scene probably a dozen times and thought to myself, "Whoever made this thing is a sick f**k!!" Long live Wes Craven, the sickest f**k whoever made it big in Hollyweird.

DAVIDPD on Aug 30, 2015


I haven't really been hit this hard with a celeb death since the passing of Robin Williams. Wes Craven was really one of my first of many introductions to the horror genre. He really did help push the genre further with one of the greatest horror icons ever made Freddy Krueger and even Ghostface in Scream (hard to go a halloween without seeing one of those masks pop up). I even enjoyed some of his lesser known works. R.I.P, this is truly a straight sucker punch to Hollywood and all horror fans out there like myself. Am in the process this year of doing some film collecting and if you want to watch a great horror documentary check out Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. I actually just popped it into my player after I heard about this.

Jordan Odinson on Aug 31, 2015


I wasn't born when A Nightmare on Elm Street came out but I did grow up watching the Scream movies and saw A Nightmare on Elm Street when I was old enough too. What an amazing talent Wes Craven was. He was one of the reasons why I am not a big fan of Horror and not in a bad way. I was always too frightened to watch them after seeing his movies. Thank you for all of the frights. RIP Wes Craven.

TK on Aug 31, 2015


Even though I was 18 when A Nightmare on Elmstreet was released, it scared the hell out of me! It was a brilliant movie! Thanks for all Your wonderful work mr. Craven!

Nash on Aug 31, 2015


You are a pioneer in the world of cinema horror. Thanks for all the scares good sir. RIP +

Cyberdine on Aug 31, 2015


a true master has died. RIP

ari smulders on Aug 31, 2015


I remember renting The Hills Have Eyes on VHS back in junior high with my best friend and as the scenes of horror unfolded before our eyes we were both terrified that whoever made this film was seriously disturbed and capable of anything. As the years went by I was pleased to see we were right. RIP, Master Of Horror.

cuckoozey on Aug 31, 2015


The first 2 Elm Street movies scared the crap out of me when seeing them as a young teenager on HBO, since I was too young to see them alone in a theater. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

theslayer5150 on Aug 31, 2015


As an 80s movie kid, yes. His movies and VHS tapes.So sad. RIP.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Aug 31, 2015


The man has left us, his work and legendary status will remain

Ricardo_PT on Aug 31, 2015


A legacy to be proud of...

Bill on Aug 31, 2015


Even though I am not the BIGGEST fan of the Horror genre, Mr. Craven was, and always will be, a creative, and artistic force of nature, in my eyes. R.I.P., Wes Craven.

Mark Brackney on Sep 5, 2015

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