Horror director Wes Craven dies aged 76

Iconic director behind 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream' franchises loses battle with cancer
Wes Craven, pictured in 2013.
Wes Craven, pictured in 2013.

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American horror movie director Wes Craven, creator of the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream' franchises, has died aged 76. Media reports claim that Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday after fighting brain cancer.

Craven wrote, directed and edited his first film, 'The Last House on the Left', in 1972. He then wrote and directed 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' in 1984, giving generations of youngsters bad dreams of fictional character Freddy Krueger.

Later, in the '90s and '00s, Craven's teen-gore 'Scream' franchise was reported to have grossed more than $100m (£65m) in the US alone.

He had more recently signed deals to develop television programmes, including the new 'Scream' series for MTV. Craven had also been working on a graphic horror novel series.

Actress Rose McGowan, who starred in the original 'Scream' movie, said: "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."

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