Today is a sad day for horror fans the worlds over. Scaremeister Wes Craven has slipped into the great beyond. A representative of his officially broke the news via the director’s Twitter account no more than an hour ago.
— Wes Craven (@wescraven) August 31, 2015
Craven lost his ongoing battle with brain cancer at the age of seventy-six. In the world of horror, there are a few names that stand out. Craven’s was one of the biggest. He shocked the world with such diverse works as the legendary The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, The Serpent and The Rainbow, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the cult classic The People Under The Stairs, just to name a few.
While we’re not a house built on horror, we have to give credit where credit is due. This man was an absolute genius. He brought us Freddy Krueger, for crying out loud. Within Craven’s films, he showed us the underlying fears that are right in front of us, 24/7. He could fill your head with nightmares, only to make you crack a smile seconds later in the same scene.
Craven once again rejuvenated horror with the 1996 genre-bending smash Scream, which, like Nightmare, spawned a collective set of sequels.
The world just got a little darker for all of us horror fans. Wes, if you’re out there, thank you. You might have put our imaginations through hell, but you also delivered us to horror movie heaven.
Rest In Peace.