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Scream director Wes Craven dies
31 Aug 2015 15:03
Wes Craven, the director who revolutionised the horror genre with A Nightmare on Elm Street in the 1980s and Scream in the 1990s, has died. He was 76 and had been battling brain cancer.
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A former college lecturer, Craven's career as a writer-director began in 1972 with the deeply troubling home invasion horror The Last House on the Left, a film that was at the centre of the 'video nasties' controversy in the early 80s and which was heavily cut for many years.
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It was followed in 1977 by another influential horror, The Hills Have Eyes, and his subsequent films included Deadly Blessing and Swamp Thing.
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He had a major box office and video hit in 1984 with A Nightmare on Elm Street, which introduced horror fans around the world to iconic, and enduring, character Freddy Krueger and marked Johnny Depp's film debut.
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He gave the genre a new lease of life again in 1996 with the Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and Drew Barrymore-starring Scream which spawned three Craven-directed sequels and a new TV series.
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But Craven was also a director of real versatility and was behind the lens for the Meryl Streep-starring true story Music of the Heart, a role for which she was Oscar-nominated; and the Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy-starring aircraft thriller Red Eye, another box office hit.
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In a career spanning five decades, his other films included Chiller, Shocker, The People Under the Stairs, Vampire in Brooklyn, Cursed and My Soul to Take.
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A prolific film and TV producer, Craven also made cameos in a number of his works.
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