Wes Craven has passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with brain cancer, a representative has sadly confirmed.

Craven is a true master of horror, responsible for directing (and often writing) so many genre classics. Most notably, he created two beloved, successful and influential franchises: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream.

He was directed several other cult classics, including The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Swamp Thing, The People Under the Stairs, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Shocker, Vampire in Brooklyn, Deadly Friend and many more.

As I’m sure is the case with many of you, this is a huge blow for me personally. Craven has been a big inspiration on me as a horror lover and an aspiring filmmaker. A Nightmare on Elm Street was one of the first horror films I ever saw, and I have Freddy Krueger tattooed on my arm. Scream was also a big influence on my first short film.

What makes this news particularly hard to take, in addition to Craven’s legendary status in the industry, is that it was never publicly known that he was sick. We can at least find solace in the fact that he is at peace.

Thank you for all nightmares, Wes.


RIP Wes Craven (1939-2015) - The beloved master of horror who brought Freddy Krueger to the screen in A Nightmare on Elm Street and the iconic Ghostface in Scream (1996) and its sequels, died today after battling a brain cancer. A key figure of horror genre, with a unique sense of style, shock, and above all, humor throughout the terror with his unglamorous depictions of sadistic and realistically brutal killers. His debut film was The Last House on the Left (1972), a successful B-movie inspired in Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring (1960). From there, he followed with other classics such as The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and its sequel in 1984, Deadly Blessing (1981), Deadly Friend (1986) with its infamous basketball sequence, The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Shocker (1989), The People Under the Stairs (1991), New Nightmare (1994) which was his first venture with Freddy Krueger after 10 years of his first appearance, though he was involved in the script of the 3rd film; themega-hit Scream (1996, sequels in 1998, 2000, 2011), Cursed and Red Eye (both in 2005) and My Soul to Take (2010). Craven proved to be a versatile director, also going outside of horror/thriller with the drama Music of the Heart (1999), directing Meryl Streep to an Oscar nomination; and also the segment Pere-Lachaise from Paris Je t’aime (2006). Also has works as an actor,  producer, editor, cinematographer, one highly skilled artist we lost today.

Wes Craven, legendary horror filmmaker, has passed away at 76 [x]

We are very sorry to inform that Wes Craven, the iconic mind behind dozens of films, including horror hits like Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street, has passed away following a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Born in Ohio, the charismatic director became one of the most prominent voices in horror, with a public persona to rival even his own professional accomplishments. Some of his other films include The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Vampire in Brooklyn, Cursed, Red Eye and My Soul to Take. Craven’s last film project as a director was 2011’s Scream 4. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.

Wes Craven villains gallery

Last House on the Left (1972): 

The Hills Have Eyes (1977):

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984):

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988):

The People Under the Stairs (1991):

Scream franchise (1996, 1997, 2000, and 2011):

Red Eye (2005):

These are just a select few from the movies that he personally directed.  This doesn’t include his contributions to a large number of other works.  Thank you, Mr. Craven.  You will be missed.