Horror Icon Wes Craven Dies at 76

August 31, 2015


Wes Craven, the legendary director that gave us such horror classics as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Hills Have Eyes and, of course, the Meryl Streep-Gloria Estefan drama Music of the Heart, died Sunday night in his Los Angels home. He was 76, and according to a statement from his family, the cause of death was brain cancer.

One of the very few cases of someone actually making the jump from porn to Hollywood, Craven began his filmmaking career shooting X-rated pictures before getting his first only marginally pornographic gig with 1972's The Last House on the Left. He most recently served as an executive producer on MTV's Scream series adaptation and the upcoming Home--a haunted house film from his Last House on the Left remake director Dennis Iliadis. Craven's last directing effort was 2011's Scream 4, but fans can yet get a final taste of his creativity with Coming of Rage, a five-issue horror comic series he had nearly completed with 30 Day of Night creator Steve Niles.

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