Wes Craven, the ?horror maestro? known for his most notable movie ?Nightmare on Elm Street,? died at 76 after a hard battle with brain cancer. He passed away at his home in Los Angeles survived by his wife Iya Labunka, a producer and former Disney Studios vice president, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Remembering Wes Craven
The iconic filmmaker introduced a whole new meaning to the word horror as he electrified audiences with tantalizing fear from iconic characters such as Freddy Krueger and the knife-wielding, masked murderer from ?Scream.? Craven earned his place in the history of movie making and a place in the hearts of horror movie aficionados with two of his masterpieces: ?The Nightmare on Elm Street? (1984) and ?Scream? (1996), shared by Variety.
?The Nightmare on Elm Street? introduced us to a never before seen type of horror as the serial killer Freddy Krueger hunted his prey in their dreams, becoming a hit success at the box office garnering more than $25 million with just a $1.8 million budget, shared by Wired. It has since then generated a number of sequels including a cross-over movie with Jason Voorhees from ?Friday the 13th.?
?Scream? on the other hand gave the audience a much needed suspense that involved a masked lunatic murderer killing unsuspecting high school kids with a knife. It eventually raked in over $170 million at the box office, remaining as the highest grossing American slasher movie, posted by Wired.
Recalling his marvelous career as a filmmaker and showman, Wes Craven was always an innovator trying to create the unconventional. ?I tried to make movies where I can honestly say I haven?t seen that before and to follow my deepest intuitions and in some cases literally my dreams,? he said according to BBC.
A number of people also went to social media to pay tribute to the iconic ‘horror maestro.’
To be clear, film for film, Wes Craven
Was the best horror director. Ever.
And he did it with a sense of humor.
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) September 1, 2015
You were scary good, @WesCraven and you always inspired me to be better. Rest in Peace my friend.
— Richard Castle (@WriteRCastle) August 31, 2015
Seriously devastating news! You gave us all nightmares but may you peacefully rest. RIP Wes Craven! pic.twitter.com/11XpusCt6E
— Jarrett Furst (@jarrett_furst) August 31, 2015
Notable actors also posted on social media to mourn?Wes Craven including Courtney Cox and Rose McGowan, who were featured in Wes Craven?s Scream (1996).
Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x
— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015
Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I've known. Please say there's a plot twist. #wescraven
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 31, 2015