Remembering Wes Craven: Thanks For The Scares And Nightmares

Cierra Bailey
Wes Craven may have passed away this weekend, but his legacy will forever carry on in our nightmares.

Wes Craven, horror film extraordinaire, lost his battle with brain cancer over the weekend at age 76. So, it’s only right that we pay homage to the director that literally shaped the horror genre for our generation.

This man was the mastermind behind Freddy Krueger, a character that still haunts me during Halloween and every time I drive past an Elm Street.

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Then there’s “Scream,” — which got way out of hand with too many sequels — but that just goes to show how popular the film and its concept was.

But we also can’t forget the 1972 version of “The Last House on the Left” and 1977’s “The Hills Have Eyes” which were both remade into modern day horror films post-millennium and were equally as terrifying as the originals.

Craven is also responsible for a Meryl Streep Oscar nomination when he broke from horror and directed the drama, “Music of the Heart.” Who doesn’t love Meryl Streep, right?

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The news of Craven’s death broke during the MTV Video Music Awards and celebrities that knew him and worked with him along with the rest of the Twittersphere took to social media to praise his work and offer his family their condolences.

As we remember the legacy of  Wes Craven and all the fictional psychotic killers he brought to life...

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Freddy Krueger's infamous slice & dice gloves! 

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The Scream franchise is responsible for turning sweet, innocent Emma Roberts into a deranged teen serial killer.

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Wes Craven taught us never to make friends on a Red Eye flight...

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....and never answer the phone after nightfall. 

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Who can forget Johnny Depp's gory, horrific death in Nightmare on Elm Street 6?!

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Thank you Wes Craven, for creating everyone's favorite Halloween costume. 

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1,2 Freddy's coming for you...The reason we never got much sleep as kids.