As originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter, legendary horror director Wes Craven passed away at 1 p.m. PST after battling brain cancer for several years.
Already having directed classic horror movies “The Last House on the Left” and “The Hills Have Eyes” in the 70’s, Craven helped revitalize the horror genre in 1984 when he injected pop culture into his “A Nightmare on Elm Street” via a charismatic and ruthless monster that could kill you through your dreams, Freddy Kreuger, creating an instant horror icon.
Craven even took it a step further in “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” by going meta and making the movie about himself making a movie about Freddy Kreuger, bringing the fictional terror to life within the movie.
Of course, going meta here was just practice for his biggest project to date, “Scream.”
A slasher where the killer followed all of the quasi-rules of the horror genre and looked to films of the past for inspiration, “Scream” was a horror and pop culture smash in 1996 that had everybody asking “What’s your favorite scary movie?”
He directed all sequels in the “Scream” franchise, with the fourth installment being his last film in 2011.
Other horror classics directed by Craven include “The Serpent and the Rainbow” and “The People Under the Stairs.”
Craven also directed only two films outside of the horror genre, “Music of the Heart,” for which Meryl Streep and the film’s original song received Oscar nominations in 2000, and a segment in “Paris, je t’aime.”
A month before his death, Craven tweeted this as encouragement for those wanting to work in the industry.
Take the 1st job you can in the industry you want to get into. The job doesn't matter, getting your foot in the door does. #MondayMotivation
— Wes Craven (@wescraven) July 27, 2015