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Iconic Horror Movie Director And Genre Innovator Wes Craven Dies At 76

Wes Craven
Wes Craven

Legendary director and all-around creative Wes Craven has passed away. A statement released by his family revealed Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cancer.

Craven cemented his status as the influential writer and director of exploitation films like “The Last House on the Left” (1972), “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977) “Swamp Thing” (1982) and “The People Under the Stairs” (1991).

He broke from his signature genre with the 1999 drama “Music of the Heart,” for which Meryl Streep earned an Oscar nomination, and one of the shorts within the acclaimed 2006 anthology film “Paris, je t’aime.” The horror classic “Scream” (1996) and its many sequels gave Craven the opportunity to turn the tables on his own genre — an activity he reveled in.

He returned to form with the thriller “Red Eye” (2005), the supernatural box-office dud “My Soul To Take” (2010) and 2011’s ‘Scream 4.‘ At the time of his death, the Craven-produced MTV series based on “Scream” and had also been working on a graphic horror novel series.