Legendary horror film director Wes Craven has died aged 76
Wes Craven, whose Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies made him one of the most recognisable names in the horror film genre, has died. He was 76.
Craven's family said in a statement that he died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday after battling brain cancer.
A prolific writer, director and editor, Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre with the 1984 release of A Nightmare on Elm Street starring a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie led to several sequels.
He had claimed he got the idea for Elm Street when he lived next door to a graveyard on a street with that name in Cleveland.
Craven also wrote and directed 1996 box office hit Scream, which spoofed the horror genre, and went on to spawn four sequels.
The director had announced his arrival on the scene in 1972 with rape revenge movie The Last House on the Left, which was recently remade. The film generated controversy at the time. Craven followed up with the chilling The Hills Have Eyes in 1977, another film which was subjected to a remake in recent years.
Besides his work in horror films, Craven also directed the drama Music of the Heart, which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.
Craven is survived by his wife, producer Iya Labunka, a son, a daughter and a stepdaughter.