Wes Craven Dead

Wes Craven, Horror Legend, Dead at 76

Wes Craven, the legendary horror auteur who brought his nightmarish vision to both the big and small screens, died over the weekend of brain cancer. He was 76.

Although Craven made his biggest mark in movies via The Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, his influence extended to TV as well. In 1988, he created Freddy’s Nightmares, a two-season syndicated horror  anthology series in which each episode was introduced by Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund). He also served as an exec producer on MTV’s current adaptation of Scream.

In a 2013 episode of Castle, Craven guest-starred as himself (Rick consulted him when a case suggested people were being actually scared to death by a  haunted DVD).

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33 Comments
  1. Jen Gossel says:

    aww :( there goes good horror movies RIP Wes

  2. Kristen says:

    So sad…

  3. Shadow Girl says:

    Reblogged this on Becki's Bloody Book Blog and commented:
    R.I.P. Wes Craven.

  4. Pamela says:

    So sad to hear, I didn’t know he was ill. His legacy will always live on.

  5. Olivia says:

    I let out a “ooooh sh–!” as son as I saw the tweet… I didn’t even know he was sick. RIP Wes.

  6. amy says:

    He will be missed

  7. Steven says:

    That’s really upsetting! RIP

  8. Tyra says:

    This is literally a nightmare as a huge fan of his movies this is a horrible loss cancer freakin sucks.

  9. Angela says:

    I actually gasped at this headline. Oh, wow. I didn’t even know he was sick.
    What a shame. May he rest in peace.

  10. LADY_in_MD says:

    My brother and cousins made me watch nightmare of elm street as a kid and I remember being so scared even watching it now as an adult still freaks me out
    Condolences to his family

  11. Cheryl Sears says:

    OMG I didn’t know he was sick…I just lost my husband from cancer 2 months ago….You will be missed….I love the nightmare on elm street movies!!! RIP Wes

  12. Dean says:

    may there be no nightmares for him now, requiescat in pace Wes.

  13. I have loved wes from the beginning and I believe he is the king of horror and it saddens my heart that he is gone. I know there will be no remakes without him.

  14. Drew says:

    I remember when I was younger, I sent him an email via his old website and he took the time to respond, which surprised me. So on top of being the director of some legendary movies, I will also remember him as a guy who took time to care about the fans when he really didn’t have to.
    RIP Wes Craven.

  15. Linda Magoon says:

    Will be missed.

  16. Fernanda says:

    Thanks for my chilhood nightmares and for make me SCREAM with your movies. And also for that Meryl Streep movie. R.I.P. Master Wes Craven

  17. Lizo says:

    Wow, I didn’t even realize he was sick. My condolences to his family; they can hopefully take comfort in knowing how much of an impact he had on cinema

  18. Louise Leamen says:

    They say the good ones go first and it’s true.
    Mr. Craven you will be greatly missed.
    A brilliant mind to the end.
    I hope you did not suffer much.
    Your name will live on.
    R.I.P.

  19. Carlos Lee says:

    RIP, Wes. Thanks for Freddy and the scares.

  20. A says:

    Wes was the Master of Horror I will him miss him may his legacy live on forever.

  21. Tim says:

    How sad. Will never forget the first time I watched Hills Have Eyes and Last House on the Left and of course, Nightmare on Elm Street—so scary!

  22. Guilherme says:

    Really sad news, RIP Wes Craven.

  23. Joey Padron says:

    sad news about his passing. his work and films will live on forever. RIP.

  24. Jess says:

    RIP Wes Craven

    • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

      So much for the Horror genre……Wes Craven WAS the BEST! The Scream franchise is my favorite except #4 that one kinda sucked. Overall RIP Wes and prayers to his family.

  25. Amanda says:

    A horror master. RIP.