Tributes pour in for horror film legend Wes Craven
By Dave Lancaster
The film world has shown its appreciation of horror maestro Wes Craven, who passed away on Sunday aged 76.
The acclaimed film director behind the likes of Scream and Last House on the Left had brain cancer, it has been reported.
Craven, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, managed to reinvent the horror genre three times in three consecutive decades starting in the 1970s with the gritty retelling of an Ingmar Bergman flick, The Virgin Spring, entitled The Last House on the Left. In the 80s, he had a box office smash and began a massively successful franchise with the Nightmare on Elm Street saga. By the 90s, he created the tongue-in-cheek horror satire franchise Scream.
The director also made a superhero flick before it was cool (1982's Swamp Thing) and guided Meryl Streep to an Oscar nomination in the music drama Music of the Heart as well as directing other horror-tinged thrillers such as The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Friend, Red Eye, My Soul To Take, The People Under the Stairs and The Serpent and the Rainbow in an storied career that spanned over four decades.
Scream and Friends star Courtney Cox paid tribute: "Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x"
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright said: “I am thankful for the many movies he left behind, for my tiny part in his last completed film and happy to have got to tell him how much I enjoyed and was inspired by his work. He was a true maestro of genre and a class act. Rest In Peace, Wes. We willingly give you full permission to haunt our waking dreams forever.”
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, released a statement: “I am heartbroken at the news of Wes Craven’s passing. We enjoyed a 20 year professional relationship and more importantly a warm and close friendship. He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever. My brother and I are eternally grateful for all his collaborations with us. Our deepest sympathy to his family.”
Fellow horror director icon John Carpenter, paid tribute while referencing the fact that he got chance to direct him in Body Bags: “My friend Wes left us too soon. He was truly an Old School director. I had a great time directing him. I’m REALLY gonna miss him.”
Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell: "The Evil Dead flicks had several homages to Master Wes Craven. He showed us the way."
Paddy Considine tweeted: "So sad to hear of the death of Wes Craven. One of the greats of the genre."
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