Wes Craven, the man who horrified viewers died today at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 76. The maestro of horror was known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises.
The ideas of Elm Street came from living next to a cemetery on a street of that name in Cleveland. All five of the Nightmare on Elm Street films were released between 1984 and 1989. The films caught the attention of many people. The Scream series also had big crowds with interest.
Craven directed, wrote, produced, edited, and helmed different films. These films included: The Last House on the Left (1972), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Swamp Thing (1982), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Deadly Friend (1986), The People Under the Stairs (1991),Wes Craven’s New Nightmare that was nominated at the 1995 Spirit Awards and most recently My Soul To Take (2010). In 1999 he wrote his very first novel, The Fountain Society.
In 2005 he pushed his genre boundaries when it came to the thriller Red Eye and the romantic comedy Paris Je T’aime (2006).
Craven had many projects in development after recently signing a television deal with Universal Cable Productions. He was also executive producer for the MTV television series Scream. Aside from that, he recently wrote and was to direct Thou Shalt Not Kill segment for The Weinstein’s Co’s Ten Commandments miniseries for the WGN America. The Girl in the Photographs, a horror thriller film that he executively produced will be shown at the Toronto Film Festival next month.