Famed horror filmmaker Wes Craven passed away yesterday after a battle with brain cancer. The 76-year old “Maestro of Horror” is best known for his creation of the nightmare-inducing Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street and subsequent films, along with Ghostface from the Scream franchise.
Craven’s first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which did well at theaters despite controversy surrounding the film’s plot, before going on to write and direct 1977’s The Hills Have Eyes. He continued writing, directing, and producing films that included four installments of Scream which earned over $300 million in the US alone. Craven’s most recent project was a TV adaptation of Scream for MTV.
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