ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

The industry is in mourning over the death of horror legend Wes Craven, who tragically succumbed to brain cancer on Sunday.

Craven's death came as tragic news for the countless fans influenced by his work, the master nerve-shredder responsible for creating a plethora of world class panic-attack-material: A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream to name just a few.

Though he may be gone, those he touched are ensuring that he won't soon be forgotten, with MTV's Scream TV series - which his self-reflexive film franchise inspired - planning to honor the visionary director in its upcoming finale.

Executive producer Jill Blotevogel said:

"It feels pretty natural [to honor him]. The Scream finale would be nothing, it wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Wes. I’m sure there will be a moment-of-silence element to it. I’m not sure exactly what form it will take yet."

Though Craven wasn't all that creatively involved with the spin-off TV series, he did serve as executive producer. I'm glad the showrunners recognize the debt it - along with countless other examples of modern horror - owes to Craven. He was simply an unparalleled tension-builder, unmatched in his ability to soak an audience in their own sweat.

Let's hope the planned tribute is worthy of such a man. The finale episode of Scream will air tonight.


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