Horror icon Wes Craven, director of Nightmare on Elm Street, dead at the age of 76

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Sep 2, 2015, 7:50 PM EDT (Updated)

Legendary filmmaker Wes Craven has died at the age of 76.

The famed director and producer died at his home in Los Angeles from a battle with brain cancer. 

Craven managed to make not just one, but several defining horror films during his lengthy career. He made dozens of films but is probably best known for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. From the Ghost Face mask to Freddy Krueger’s iconic blades, he's responsible for decades of nightmares. There’s no denying the massive mark he has left on the genre.

Craven’s career started in 1972 with The Last House on the Left, a film he wrote, directed and edited. After that, he made The Hills Have Eyes and Swamp Thing, and he only continued to crank out horror classics for the next few decades. His most recent films included My Soul to Take in 2010 and Scream 4 in 2011. He worked consistently pretty much his entire career, and actually leaves behind several active projects. Along with producing MTV’s Scream series, he was developing The People Under the Stairs with Syfy, Disciples with UCP, We Are All Completely Fine with Syfy/UCP and Sleepers with Federation Entertainment.

He leaves behind a huge catalog of amazing films, and we imagine there will be more than a few (well-deserved) horror binges over the next several weeks in his honor. R.I.P., and thanks for all the scares.

(Via Variety)