Remembering Wes Craven

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Wes Craven, Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich filming “Scream” in 1996.

On Aug. 30, the cinematic world lost a key player with the death of horror director, Wes Craven. Craven, best known for directing A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and the Scream franchise, died at the age of 76 after a battle with brain cancer.

The Internet was flooded was outpourings of sadness over Craven’s death; with fans and former co-workers expressing their grief on Twitter.

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“Scream” actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette remember Craven on Twitter.

Craven is often credited for re-vitalizing the horror genre with his 1996 release, Scream. The film inspired a surge in modern horror which eventually spiraled into the age of horror-remakes.

The director has always been highly praised by those who have worked with him. Dane Farwell, the stuntman for Scream’s “Ghostface”, stated, “The best part of working on the Scream films is working with Wes Craven and the cast and crew. We all get along together so well it doesn’t seem like work”.

Craven was also notorious for being great with fans. He would often interact with fans via his website FAQ forum and he was very active on Twitter. In addition, he was very good with responding to fan mail, generously providing fans with autographed photos.

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Index card autographed by Wes Craven (Photo by: Taylor Leddin)
Hollywood has lost an icon, but it is important to remember the great impact that Craven had on the horror genre. With Halloween just around the corner, it is the perfect time to appreciate some of his films.

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