R.I.P. Wes Craven, director of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and SCREAM

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Sad news to start off today, as a horror movie icon is no more. Wes Craven, best known for creating the iconic A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise passed away a short while ago, with his long battle against brain cancer eventually claiming his life. He was 76.

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His passing was confirmed through his official Twitter feed:

While he was known primarily for his role in creating the nightmare fuel that was Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Craven was also a horror master who helped birth other iconic horror films. The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, The Last House On The Left and The People Under The Stairs are just a  few examples of his work that helped shape the genre over several decades.

Craven also directed the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie, as well the ahead-of-its-time meta-sequel Wes Craven’s New Nightmare in 1994.

Sleep well, dream master.

Last Updated: August 31, 2015

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