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.
Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015
Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I've known. Please say there's a plot twist. #wescraven— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 31, 2015
Damn guys. @WesCraven died. A brilliant filmmaker, he brought quality & depth of character to every movie he made. Amazing library- bravo— Seth Green (@SethGreen) August 31, 2015
Rest in peace, Wes Craven. You gave me nightmares when I was a kid and I loved it.1,2, Freddy's coming for you, 3, 4, better lock your door.— Francesca Litton (@CheckLit) August 31, 2015
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Freddy Krueger's infamous slice & dice gloves!
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....and never answer the phone after nightfall.
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Thank you Wes Craven, for creating everyone's favorite Halloween costume.
1,2 Freddy's coming for you...The reason we never got much sleep as kids.