Shocking news is coming in from multiple sources tonight, confirming that legendary horror director Wes Craven has passed away at the age of 76.
As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Wes Craven passed away earlier today at his home. While the news will come off as sudden to fans, representatives for Wes Craven spoke with The Daily Beast and confirmed that he had been battling brain cancer. Our thoughts go out to Wes Craven's friends and family during this difficult time.
Whether you were first disturbed by what went on at The Last House on the Left, were afraid to sleep in case Freddy jumped into your dreams, or can't hear the phone ring without worrying that Ghostface is on the other line, Wes Craven has been responsible for some of the greatest horror movies ever made during a career that spanned more than four decades. He enthralled, frightened, and entertained, feeding the imaginations of generations, but most of all, he provided us with joy and hours upon hours of eerie and intelligent escapism. Wes Craven was truly a Master of Horror, and we’re deeply saddened by the shocking news that the legendary director has passed away.
Horror will never be the same without the man that dared not only to push boundaries, but to take risks in his career and work outside of his comfort zone. Even now, some of Wes Craven's lesser known films are finding a new life and a new generation of fans, thanks to Blu-ray releases of movies like The People Under the Stairs and Shocker. While news like this always brings sadness, fans will make sure that Wes Craven is never forgotten and that his work is appreciated for generations to come.
— Wes Craven (@wescraven) August 31, 2015