Wes Craven, a master of horror cinema and a proponent of the slasher genre, passed away on 30 August 2015 following brain cancer in Los Angeles. He was 76. He is survived by his wife, a sister, a son, a daughter, and a stepdaughter.
Craven was best known for directing the Nightmare on Elm Street film and Scream franchises. Craven began making films after briefly teaching English at Westminster College in Pennsylvania. Later he directed, wrote and edited pornographic movies. In 1972, he directed his first feature film Last House on the Left.
His most famous creation was the character of serial killer Freddy Krueger, played by Robert Englund, who with his razor-blade glove, haunted the dreams of high school students in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
The first Nightmare on Elm Street earned Craven 25 million US dollars. It spawned six sequels, although Craven directed only the last one, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994).
Craven’s career had been relatively quiet until 1996, when the his film Scream was released. The success of Scream led to three sequels, all of them directed by Craven.
More recently, Craven was nearing the completion of a five-issue comic book series about zombies, werewolves and vampires, Coming of Rage, which he wrote with Steve Niles.