ByKelvin Mercer, writer at Creators.co
Just here to follow my passion.
Kelvin Mercer

Wes Craven who was widely famous for horror films such as "The Hills Have Eyes", "A Nightmare On Elm Street" and "Scream" has tragically passed away at the age of 76 after battling brain cancer. Wes Craven was hailed as one of "The Masters Of Horror" having revolutionized the horror genre with many of his films by introducing new elements never seen before in other films. Before his film career, Wes Craven attended Wheaton College in Illinois where he earned an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology as well as a degree in Philosophy and Writing after attending Johns Hopkins University. Craven would then go on to teach English at Westminster College & was also a professor in Humanities at Clarkson College Of Technology in New York. Eventually Wes Craven would go on to get his first job in the film industry working as a sound editor for a post-production company based in New York. After time had passed, Wes Craven made his directorial debut in the controversial 1972 film "The Last House On The Left" which centers on a gang of murderous thugs torturing two young girls only to confront one of the victim's parents shortly after. Craven's film would only be the very beginning to Craven's long run in the horror genre. Wes would then go on to direct his next horror film in 1977 titled "The Hills Have Eyes" which focuses on a family being stalked by a family of cannibals in the Nevada desert. Throughout the course of his film career, Wes Craven continued to direct various horror films but it wasn't until he got his big break when he released the 1984 supernatural slasher classic "A Nightmare On Elm Street" which centered on a group of teenagers being stalked in their dreams by Freddy Krueger only to be killed in their dreams & in reality. The film received critical acclaim and would go on to spawn 6 sequels;a metafilm; a TV series and a remake as well as a crossover with the "Friday The 13th" series in the 2003 slasher "Freddy Vs. Jason". It wasn't until 1996 where Wes Craven entered a new wave of success with the release of "Scream" which grossed over $100 million domestically & was also given wide critical acclaim and also spawned 3 sequels & a current TV series on MTV that Craven was working on as an executive producer. Although some of his films may not have gotten the best critical & financial success, Wes Craven is hailed as a pioneer in the film industry for his contributions to the film industry as well as his strong dedication to the horror genre having paved the way for aspiring future filmmakers to follow in his footsteps & to one day continue his legacy. Before I continue, I'm going to take the time to pay tribute to one of my inspirational heroes by showcasing all of the films he has directed;

It's Only A Movie..
It's Only A Movie..

"The Last House On The Left" (1972)


Kill Or Be Killed
Kill Or Be Killed

"The Hills Have Eyes" (1977)


Black Magic & Witchcraft
Black Magic & Witchcraft

"Stranger In Our House" AKA "Summer Of Fear"

Pray Your Not Blessed
Pray Your Not Blessed

"Deadly Blessing" (1981)


Based on the DC Comics Character
Based on the DC Comics Character

"Swamp Thing" (1982)


Prepare For The Ultimate Nightmare
Prepare For The Ultimate Nightmare

"Invitation To Hell" (1984)


Never Sleep Again
Never Sleep Again

"A Nightmare On Elm Street" (1984)


Science Reborn
Science Reborn

"Wes Craven's Chiller" (1985)


The Terror Isn't Over
The Terror Isn't Over

"The Hills Have Eyes, Part II" (1985)


The Girl Next Door Isn't Always Nice..
The Girl Next Door Isn't Always Nice..

"Deadly Friend" (1986)


Dark Revival
Dark Revival

"The Serpent And The Rainbow" (1988)


The Execution Was Just The Beginning..
The Execution Was Just The Beginning..

"Shocker" (1989)

What Do You See?
What Do You See?

"Night Visions" (1990)

There Is Always That One House
There Is Always That One House

"The People Under The Stairs" (1991)

Freddy Is Back..This Time In Our World
Freddy Is Back..This Time In Our World

"Wes Craven's New Nightmare" (1994)

A New Wave Of Terror Arrives..In New York
A New Wave Of Terror Arrives..In New York

"Vampire In Brooklyn" (1995)

What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?
What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?

"Scream" (1996)

Now Try To Survive The Sequel
Now Try To Survive The Sequel

"Scream 2" (1997)

The Gift One Can Bring
The Gift One Can Bring

"Music Of The Heart" (1999)

Forget What You Know..Because All Bets Are Off
Forget What You Know..Because All Bets Are Off

"Scream 3" (2000)

Beware The Full Moon
Beware The Full Moon

"Cursed" (2005)

Fear Takes Flight
Fear Takes Flight

"Red Eye" (2005)

Fear The Ripper
Fear The Ripper

"My Soul To Take" (2010)

New Decade. New Rules.
New Decade. New Rules.

"Scream 4" (2011)

Although Wes Craven is not with us anymore, his legacy will forever be remembered by critics & fans alike for his infinite dedication in the film industry as well as the horror genre having further pursued his film career for over 40 years as well as having some of his films remade or in the process of being remade by directors that not only want to remake classic films that Wes Craven has made famous but to also pay tribute to an icon that will never be forgotten in the years to come.



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