Horror genius Wes Craven, best known for his “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” has died of brain cancer. He was 76. His family announced his death at 1 p.m. Sunday.
After all but rebooting the teen horror genre in the 1980s with the phenomenally successful “Elm Street” film, Craven revised the genre once again in the late 1990s with the self-aware “Scream” series of films, which riffed on the very horror conventions Craven (and other filmmakers) codified a decade-plus earlier.
Craven’s other films included the horror classics “The Hills Have Eyes,” the still-controversial rape-revenge movie ‘The Last House on the Left” and the under-known “The Serpent and the Rainbow” as well as the terrific “The People Under the Stairs,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “Swamp Thing” and others.