Horror movie maestro Wes Craven has passed away after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 76. Responsible for the massively successful Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, he was a legend of the genre, the creator of Freddy Krueger himself. Getting his start in the early 70's with horror films The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, and Swamp Thing, he soon went on to write and direct A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, which spawned seven sequels and the crossover film Freddy vs. Jason, although Craven only directed the first film in the franchise and Wes Craven's New Nightmare. He directed all four films in the Scream series, which turned into a 90's phenomenon and ultimately birthed the Scream TV show currently airing on MTV. Other notable credits include the Meryl Streep drama Music of the Heart (1999), and the Rachel McAdams/Cillian Murphy thriller Red Eye (2005).
Original Trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984):
Original Trailer for Scream (1996):