'Scream' director Wes Craven dies at 76

Hollywood’s horror maestro dies after fight with brain cancer

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

In his work the late director Wes Craven redesignated the slasher genre.

Film director Wes Craven, widely known for his work in the horror genre, died aged 76 in his Los Angeles home in California home on Sunday after battling with brain cancer

"It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away," his family confirmed in a statement made to the newspaper USA TODAY.

Craven was best known for creating “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” an iconic film in the slasher genre, which revolves around a supernatural serial killer named Freddy Krueger. Craven also directed “Scream,” one of the highest-grossing films of 1996, credited for combining both humour and horror.

Being one of the most recognisable filmmakers of the past few decades, he also worked on two movies outside the horror genre. He directed the 1999 drama “Music of the Heart” starring Meryl Streep, which earned the actress a Oscar nomination. He was also one of 22 directors  involved in creating the 2006 anthology film “Paris, Je T'Aime."

Hollywood stars such as Courtney Cox and Seth Green hailed Craven’s contribution to American cinema on their social media accounts.

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