Legendary horror director Wes Craven dead at 76

By Jill Replogle

LOS ANGELES, California — Wes Craven, a master of cinematic horror whose legendary directorial credits include “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream,” died Sunday, his family said. He was 76.

Craven had been suffering from brain cancer and passed away at his home in Los Angeles.

“It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed,” a family statement read. “Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family.”

Craven directed 1984’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” whose terrifying scarred villain Freddy Krueger left a defining imprint on the horror genre of that decade and was reprised in a string of sequels and a 2010 remake.

Krueger, who wore a scruffy fedora and had a glove with razor blades attached to the fingers, would visit his victims in their dreams and slash them to death. The first film in the franchise included a character played by a then-unknown Johnny Depp.

“He made nightmares seem real, the things that scare you in your subconscious can harm you, get to you,” said Richard Potter, a movie writer and producer who worked with Craven on the “Scream” franchise.

Craven’s eye for young talent also saw him cast Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis in … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times