‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ director Wes Craven dies of brain cancer

Horror movie icon passed away on Sunday (August 30), aged 76

Horror movie director Wes Craven has passed away, aged 76.

The film icon, creator of Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday (August 30). He was suffering from brain cancer.

Courtney Cox, who starred in Scream, paid tribute to Craven via social media. She wrote, “Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x”


Actress Rose McGowan added, “Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I’ve known. Please say there’s a plot twist.”


Craven’s first film was The Last House on the Left in 1972, with his Scream franchise later grossing over $100m (£65m) in the US alone.

Speaking of his career in a past interview, Craven said, “I tried to make movies where I can honestly say I haven’t seen that before and to follow my deepest intuitions and in some cases literally my dreams.”