Wes Craven, Horror Legend, Dies At 76

Posted: Aug 31 2015, 6:45am CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News

Wes Craven, Horror Legend, Dies at 76
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The writer and director of the famous horror thriller series Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream breathed his last at the age of 76 after a long life of amazing work.

The creator of many horror legends passed away in his home at the Martha’s Vineyard. He had moved there for health purposes after his latest work. He was reported dead by his wife and former Disney Studios vice president Iya Labunka. His survivors include his sister Carol, son Jonathan, daughter Jessica, grandchildren Miles, Max and Myra-Jean and stepdaughter Nina.

Born in 1939, Wes Craven lost his father when he was only 5. He was then raised in a Baptist household. From where he went on to graduate from Wheaton College with degrees in English and psychology. He then earned a masters in philosophy and writing from Johns Hopkins.

Wes Craven briefly taught English at Westminster College. He was a humanities professor at Clarkson College. Where he served as a disc jockey for the campus radio station.

But his heart wasn’t into his academic endeavors. He left the academic life to work in post-production and on porn movies, using a pseudonym.

His first credited feature was the controversial shocker "The Last House on the Left". The rape-revenge horror which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972.

Some audience were unable to digest the nature of the movie. It was however a block buster hit. He then followed with the blackly comics "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Swamp Thing," an early entry in the comic book genre.

Just after, Craven re-invented the youth horror genre in 1984. With the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which he wrote and directed. The movie featured Robert Englund as Krueger. And an early Johnny Depp performance, in 1984.

The movie pioneered a new “dream-reality” genre in the horror movie world. It helped launch independent film studio New Line Cinema, according to THR. The five Nightmare on Elm Street films were released from 1984-89 and drew big crowds.

He then reached new heights of success in 1996 with the release of Scream. The film grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did Scream 2 (1997).

Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox. The movie became a cult hit and has stemmed the spoofy Scary movie series and even has a spin-off drama.

Craven also tried his luck with another genre. In 1999, he directed the Meryl Streep starrer Music of the Heart. It earned an Academy Award nomination for the actor. She played a teacher in Harlem.

Craven said about the movie that his name was kept far from the movie. He said that his name was associated with the horror genre. That would not yield well for movie-goers who would not see the movie with equal perspective.

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