I hate to start the week off with sad news, but if you already didn't hear, director Wes Craven died on Sunday. Craven is the director behind such horror film classics as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. He was 76 years old, and he passed away after a battle with brain cancer.
I had no idea that the director was battling brain cancer, and as a longtime fan of his films, I couldn't be more shocked and sad to hear this news. Craven was storytelling genius when it came to his horror movies.
The director's first feature film was The Last House on the Left, and some of my favorite movies that followed were The Hills Have Eyes, Swamp Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, and all of the Scream movies.
Freddy Krueger and Ghostface have become two of the most iconic horror film characters ever put on the big screen. Hell, the guy basically invented the teenage horror genre and then turned it on its head when he made Scream. The last movie that Craven directed was Scream 4 in 2011.
Even though he's mostly known for his work in horror, he also directed drama called Music of the Heart, which earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for best actress. That film followed the story of a school teacher who struggled to teach violin to kids in Harlem.
Craven died at his home in Los Angeles, and he is survived by his wife, producer and former Disney Studios VP Iya Labunka. Our hearts and prayers go out to Craven's family and friends, and he will be missed.
Thank you, Wes Craven, for scaring the shit out of us over the years.