One of the most iconic masters of horror have passed away as director Wes Craven has left us all too soon. He left this world last Sunday at the age of 76 after finally losing a long battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Iya Labunka.
Craven is often cited as the most important horror director from the 70s through the 90s and his vision has frightened and entertained so many of us over the years.
While best known for his work on creating both the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street‘ and ‘Scream‘ series’, he has been working hard in the industry since releasing the cult classic ‘The Last House on the Left’ in 1972 which he followed up in 1977 with the equally infamous ‘The Hills Have Eyes’.
He is thought of not only as a master of the craft but a guide as well. With ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ helping shape the slasher genre for years to come and ‘Wes Craven’s New Nightmare’ bringing into popularity the idea of deconstructing horror films which was perfected in ‘Scream’.
While a known for his work in horror on the big screen he also released ‘Music of the Heart’ in 1999 which Meryl Streep received an Academy Award nod for best actress and was also an accomplished author.
Aside from currently being on board MTV’s new ‘Scream‘ series as an executive producer he was also set to direct ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ for the ‘Ten Commandments’ miniseries, and executive produce on both ‘The Girl in the Photographs’ and Dennis Iliadis’s upcoming ‘Home’ projects.
Around the web there has been a huge cry for the loss of such an amazing director from friends, colleagues, and fans. His work will live in to scare us eternally and his vision will be missed.
RIP Wes Craven, my director, my friend. A brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. A sad day on Elm St and everywhere. I’ll miss him.
— Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015
Can’t believe the news. Heartfelt sadness and deepest condolences with the passing of Wes Craven. Truly one of my biggest inspirations. #rip
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) August 31, 2015
R.I.P. to one of my all time heroes who was also truly one of the nicest people I ever had the good fortune to meet. pic.twitter.com/UNisaTRgFn
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 31, 2015
Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x — Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015
RIP Wes Craven. A surprisingly funny man with an immense talent.
— Liev Schreiber (@LievSchreiber) August 31, 2015
So sad to hear the news about Wes. An amazing man on set and off and I owe so much to his talents. He will be sorely missed by many… — Skeet Ulrich (@SkeetMe1) August 31, 2015
— Carlos Latuff (@LatuffCartoons) August 31, 2015
Wes, thank you for all of the nightmares.