This is sad news, indeed. Wes Craven, director of some of the most iconic horror franchises ever to hit the cinema, has passed away. He was 76 years old when he lost his battle with brain cancer. Mr. Craven passed away in his Los Angeles home, as reported by his family. Horror movie fans, this is not a good day, as we have lost one of the best in the business.
Wes Craven handled the directorial duties on many iconic horror titles, two were named above. He also handled The Last House on the Left, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs and My Soul to Take to name a few of his works. It is worth noting that only Scream and Nightmare on Elm Street have become multiple release franchises that carried on beyond at least one sequel.
Craven was born in Cleveland Ohio to Caroline and Paul Craven on August 2nd 1939. Few may know this but Mr. Craven was a college professor for a brief period of time at two different colleges (Westminster College and Clarkson College of Technology). In the world of cinema Mr. Craven began as a sound editor in a post-production position, from there he progressed through the ranks to become one of the most respected horror directors we have ever been scared by.
Mr. Craven was fascinated with exploring the limitations of reality versus what we see in dreams. The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise dealt with the consequences of actions in our dreams effecting our lives in the real world. In the Serpent and the Rainbow the main character deals with fantasy and reality and the troubles of distinguishing between the two, like he is passing back and forth between a dream state and the real world.
We will probably never see another horror director reach the levels of Mr. Craven. He will be missed.