Another Hollywood Legend Passes Away
Wes Craven, the world’s greatest horror innovator and writer, died from brain cancer at his Los Angeles home this past Sunday on August 30, 2015, according to a statement made by his family. Wes Craven was 76 years old. The news of his death immediately became a trend on Facebook and Twitter. The tenth episode of Scream will be dedicated in his memory.
The Mastermind Behind ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Scream’
Wes Craven is renowned for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films. He created the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring one of the most iconic screen serial killers ever, Freddy Krueger. Wes Craven said he got the idea for the horror series while living next to a cemetery on Elm Street in the suburbs of Cleveland. With the razor-fingered Freddy Krueger of “Elm Street” becoming an internationally known symbol of menace, Mr. Craven achieved superstardom and success.
Wes Craven also directed all four films in the Scream series, and co-created the Ghostface character. The Scream films mixed horror and comedy as they spoofed the teen horror genre. The Scream series displayed Wes Craven’s penchant for tweaking the conventions of his genre and managed the feat of leaving audiences amused as well as afraid.
Wes Craven felt that horror films were about more than graphic images such as splashing blood for gore’s sake. Instead, he told the Los Angeles Times, “I think the genre goes outside the boundaries of reality in many ways in order to get at some central truths and feelings that aren’t served well by very factual states.”
During his legendary film career from 1971 to 2015, Wes Craven has either directed, produced, and wrote 60 films. His movies have grossed more than $1 billion at box offices around the world. He was nominated for and won several awards, including the Saturn Award. In 2012, the New York City Horror Film Festival awarded Wes Craven the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wes Craven leaves behind a legacy of scaring moviegoers out of their seats. Rest In Peace to the Master of Horror, Wes Craven!!!
By Shamarie Knight, 1st Sep 2015