Wes Craven Passes Away at 76

By August 30, 2015

Today, the world has lost a Hollywood legend.

The news broke earlier today that horror icon, Wes Craven, has unfortunately passed away at the age of 76. After losing his battle against brain cancer, the inspirational writer and director sadly passed away at his Los Angeles home, much to the despair of his fans all over the world.

Through his work in films and franchises like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Last House on the Left, My Soul to Take, Red Eye, and more – Craven has been able to terrify and draw in millions of audiences throughout the decades by using his ingenious ideas and creative ability to craft and create some of the most unique and impactful films in cinema history.

However, Craven managed to achieve success outside of just the horror genre as well, with films like the 1999 picture, Music of My Heart, which earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination, and a successful novel he published titled, “The Fountain Society”. He had recently signed an overall television deal with Universal Entertainment, that included projects like  The People Under the Stairs with Syfy Networks, Disciples with UCP, We Are All Completely Fine with Syfy / UCP, and Sleepers with Federation Entertainment.

The future of these projects is unknown now.

It’s no secret that I am a horror movie wimp. I proudly wear that title like a badge on my chest. Part of the reason is because, again, I am a total loser when it comes to watching them, but the other part of it comes from the lack of originality that seems so present in the genre nowadays.

However, even as someone who has had a difficult time attaching to any horror film in particular, there’s absolutely no denying the uncountable number of ways that Wes Craven has changed the genre and industry as a whole throughout his illustrious career. He managed to terrify and illuminate us in more ways than we can even begin to imagine, which is okay I guess, because he always managed to do it for us.

Your legacy will live on forever Mr. Craven, thanks for the nightmares.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Liz K Clark

    So sad. Wasn’t anyone quite like him.