RIP: Wes Craven Has Passed Away

RIP: Wes Craven Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness that we announce that Wes Craven has passed away at the age of 76. Legendary horror director and Master of Horror Wes Craven had been battling brain cancer for some time and succumbed to it on August 30, 2015. Our deepest sympathies go out to Wes Craven’s family and friends.

Wes Craven had a very long career in horror movies that spanned over 40 years giving birth to many great horror franchises. Wes Craven brought us horror franchise like The Hills Have Eyes (1977), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and Scream (1996) among many other horror movies and sequels too great to name each one. Wes Craven will always be remembered as a Master of Horror!

Some of our favorite Wes Craven Directed Movies

(omitting sequels and running franchises)

The Last House on the Left (1972)

Synopsis: On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Mari Collingwood tells her parents that she is going to the concert of underground band Bloodlust in New York with her friend Phyllis Stone. She borrows the family's car and heads with her friend to a dangerous neighborhood in the city. Meanwhile, the sad**tic and cruel escapees Krug Stillo and Fred 'Weasel' Podowski are hidden in a hideout with their partners Sadie (Jeramie Rain) and Krug's addicted son Junior Stillo (Marc Sheffler) after killing two guards and one shepherd in their runaway. The two girls seek marijuana near the theater and meet Junior that offers some Colombian grass to them. They go to his apartment and are subdued by the criminals that rape Phyllis. On the next morning, they hide the girls in the trunk of their convertible and head to Canada. However, they have a problem with the car's rod and they stop on the road close to Mari's house. When Phyllis tries to escape, the gang stabs her to death and shots Mari after humiliating and raping them. They seek shelter in Mari's home, but during the night, her mother overhears a conversation of the criminals telling that they have killed her daughter. She tells her husband and they plot a scheme to revenge the death of their princess.
Cast: Steve Miner, David Hess, Jonathan Craven, Martin Kove, Marc Sheffler, Fred J. Lincoln, Lucy Grantham, Sandra Peabody, Jeramie Rain, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr, Ada Washington, Marshall Anker, Ray Edwards, Anthony J. Forcelli
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime
Year: 1972
Runtime: 84
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: Wes Craven, Ulla Isaksson
Producers: Sean S. Cunningham, Katherine D'Amato
Musicians: David Hess
Editors: Wes Craven

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Synopsis: A family going to California accidentally goes through an Air Testing range closed to the public. They crash and are stranded in a desert. They are being stalked by a group of people, which have not emerged into modern times.
Cast: Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Virginia Vincent, Martin Speer, John Steadman, Janus Blythe, Peter Locke, Russ Grieve, Brenda Marinoff, Robert Houston, James Whitworth, Lance Gordon, Cordy Clark, Flora, Striker
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Thriller
Year: 1977
Runtime: 89
MPAA Rating: R
Producers: Peter Locke
Musicians: Don Peake
Editors: Wes Craven

Swamp Thing (1982)

Synopsis: Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species - a combination of animal and plant capable of adapting and thriving in the harshest conditions. Unfortunately he becomes subject of his own creation and is transformed . . . Arcane, desperate for the formula attempts to capture the Swamp Thing. An explosive chase ensues that ultimately ends with a confrontation between Holland and a changed Arcane . . .
Cast: Ray Wise, Adrienne Barbeau, Mimi Craven, Nicholas Worth, David Hess, Louis Jourdan, Dick Durock, Richard Jennings, Don Knight, Al Ruban, Ben Bates, Nannette Brown, Reggie Batts, Karen Price, Bill Erickson, Dov Gottesfeld, Tommy Madden
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Sci-Fi
Year: 1982
Runtime: 91
MPAA Rating: PG
Writers: Wes Craven, Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson
Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan
Musicians: Harry Manfredini
Editors: Richard Bracken

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Synopsis: On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends (comprising Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz) are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Fred Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Fred tries to pick them off one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you?
Cast: Johnny Depp, Lin Shaye, Robert Englund, Robert Shaye, Heather Langenkamp, Joe Unger, David Andrews, John Saxon, Jsu Garcia, Joseph Whipp, Jeff Levine, Shashawnee Hall, Amanda Wyss, Charles Fleischer, Ronee Blakley, John Richard Petersen, Mimi Craven, Chris Tashima, Jack Shea, Sandy Lipton, Donna Woodrum, Carol Pritikin, Brian Reise, Ash Adams, Don Hannah, Leslie Hoffman, Paul Grenier, Kathi Gibbs, Antonia Yannouli, Jim Doyle
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror
Year: 1984
Runtime: 91
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 2
Nominations: 5
Producers: John H. Burrows, Stanley Dudelson, Sara Risher, Robert Shaye, Joseph Wolf
Musicians: Charles Bernstein
Editors: Patrick McMahon, Rick Shaine

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

Synopsis: In 1985, after a successful research in Amazonas, Dr. Dennis Alan from Harvard is invited by the president of a Boston pharmaceutics industry, Andrew Cassedy, to travel to Haiti to investigate the case of a man named Christophe that died in 1978 and has apparently returned to life. Andrew wants samples of the voodoo drug that was used in Christophe to be tested with the intention of producing a powerful anesthetic. Dr. Alan travels to meet Dr. Marielle Duchamp that is treating Christophe and arrives in Haiti in a period of revolution. Soon Alan is threatened by the chief of the feared Tonton Macuse Dargent Peytraud, who is a torturer and powerful witch. Alan learns that death is not the end in the beginning of his journey to hell.
Cast: Bill Pullman, Michael Gough, William Newman, Zakes Mokae, Francis Guinan, Paul Winfield, Dey Young, Paul Guilfoyle, Evencio Mosquera Slaco, Johnny Pephanon, Ana Ramirez, Elías Gastavo, Kimberleigh Aarn, Lucienne Charles, Rosa Bautista, Harold Désiré, Philogen Thomas, Suzette Cajusle, Juliana José, Providenia Alcántara, Ana Rosa Smith Avila, Rosemary Sylvain, Josiana Sant Louis, Juliana José, Sally-Anne Munn, Iversose Beuville, Jean Pierre, Federico Núñez, Jean-Baptiste Rosvelt, Maxo Fercilien
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Fantasy
Year: 1988
Runtime: 98
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: Wade Davis, Richard Maxwell, Adam Rodman
Producers: Keith Barish, Doug Claybourne, Rob Cohen, Robert Engelman, Victoria Kluge, David Ladd, David B. Pauker
Musicians: Brad Fiedel
Editors: Glenn Farr

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Synopsis: The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family's evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the "children" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs.
Cast: Sean Whalen, Ving Rhames, John Mahon, Kelly Jo Minter, Everett McGill, David Robinson, Josh Coxx, Danny Kopel, Teresa Velarde, Wendy Robie, Bill Cobbs, John Hostetter, Yan Birch, A.J. Langer, George R. Parker, Wayne Daniels, Nic Cramer, Jon Kinney, Michael Kopelow, Brandon Quintin Adams, Jeremy Roberts, Conni Marie Brazelton
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
Year: 1991
Runtime: 102
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 2
Nominations: 7
Producers: Stuart M. Besser, Dixie J. Capp, Wes Craven, Peter Foster, Shep Gordon, Marianne Maddalena
Musicians: Don Peake
Editors: James Coblentz

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

Synopsis: Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her in Brooklyn. Rita's mother, who has died in an asylum, was that woman and Rita has nightmares that she does not understand. Not knowing that she is part vampire, Max woos her and attempts to bring her to her blood sucking destiny. Even though Rita has strange dreams and actions, Justice, her partner, has feelings for her and does not want her involved with this stranger Max. But it is Rita who must decide her destiny.
Cast: Joanna Cassidy, Mitch Pileggi, Zakes Mokae, Jsu Garcia, Angela Bassett, W. Earl Brown, Marcelo Tubert, Vickilyn Reynolds, Carmen Twillie, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Hall, Andrew DePalma, Wendy Robie, Ken Tipton, Kadeem Hardison, Maxine Waters Willard, William Blount, Josef Powell, Joe Costanza, Roy Galloway, John LaMotta, Carmen Carter, Julia Waters, Nick DeMauro, Ray Combs, Mark Anthony Cox, Mark Haining, Allen Payne, Alyse Mandel Kenny, Simbi Kali
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Year: 1995
Runtime: 100
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: Eddie Murphy, Vernon Lynch, Charlie Murphy
Producers: Stuart M. Besser, Dixie J. Capp, Jeffrey Fenner, Mark Lipsky, Marianne Maddalena, Ray Murphy Jr., Eddie Murphy
Musicians: J. Peter Robinson
Editors: Patrick Lussier

Scream (1996)

Synopsis: A year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro.
Cast: Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Roger Jackson, Wes Craven, Liev Schreiber, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Cabran E. Chamberlain, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Linda Blair, W. Earl Brown, Joseph Whipp, Lynn McRee, Lisa Beach, Kevin Patrick Walls, C.W. Morgan, David Booth, Frances Lee McCain, Angela Miller, Skeet Ulrich, Lawrence Hecht, Lisa Canning, Matt McDonald, Tony Kilbert, Kurtis Bedford, Carla Hatley, Troy Bishop, Carter Raff
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Mystery
Year: 1996
Runtime: 111
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 7
Nominations: 8
Producers: Stuart M. Besser, Dixie J. Capp, Cathy Konrad, Marianne Maddalena, Nicholas Mastandrea, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Cary Woods
Musicians: Marco Beltrami
Editors: Patrick Lussier

Cursed (2005)

Synopsis: Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf.
Cast: Derek Mears, Greg Nicotero, Judy Greer, Brittani Cox, Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Shannon Elizabeth, Eric Ladin, Jesse Eisenberg, Shashawnee Hall, Milo Ventimiglia, Nick Offerman, Brett Rickaby, Michael Rosenbaum, John Embry, Wilmer Calderon, Portia de Rossi, Daniel Edward Mora, Jason Cox, Kristina Anapau, Michelle Krusiec, Joseph D. Reitman, Gary Dubin, Hans Raith, Christopher Van Malmsteen, Brian Boone, Gary Wiseass, Chris J. Johnson, Doug Berry, Chris Johnson
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
Year: 2005
Runtime: 97
MPAA Rating: R
Nominations: 3
Producers: Daniel K. Arredondo, Stuart M. Besser, Jennifer D. Breslow, Dixie J. Capp, David Crockett, Marianne Maddalena, Nicholas Mastandrea, Julie Plec, Andrew Rona, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Brad Weston, Kevin Williamson
Musicians: Marco Beltrami
Editors: Patrick Lussier, Lisa Mozden

Red Eye (2005)

Synopsis: This is the story of a young resourceful heroine named Lisa Reisert who hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with a fear of flying! Upon boarding the plane, Lisa is trapped on a red-eye flight with a creepy villainous handsome and charming man by the name of Jackson Rippner, who's playing middle-man in the plot to assassinate a Homeland Security official. He's got her father pinned down by a would-be killer, using that advantage to coerce Lisa into phoning the luxury resort where she works and arranging to move the target into a pre-set position.
Cast: Brian Cox, Marc Macaulay, Jimmy Star, Wes Craven, Cillian Murphy, Kyle Gallner, Jeanine Jackson, Dey Young, Carl Gilliard, Dane Farwell, Jenny Wade, Philip Pavel, Scott Leva, Suzie Plakson, Dilva Henry, Angela Paton, Robert Pine, Beth Toussaint, Carmen Pérez Røsnes, Carmen Perez, Rachel McAdams, Marianne Maddalena, Keith E. Smith, Amber Mead, Joey Nader, Jason Bartley, Daniel Sogamoso, Monica McSwain, David Bedell, Liam Tuohy
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Thriller, Mystery
Year: 2005
Runtime: 85
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Awards: 2
Nominations: 9
Writers: Carl Ellsworth, Dan Foos
Producers: Chris Bender, Bonnie Curtis, Jim Lemley, Marianne Maddalena, Mason Novick, J.C. Spink
Musicians: Marco Beltrami
Editors: Stuart Levy, Patrick Lussier

My Soul to Take (2010)

Synopsis: In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer. Adam "Bug" Heller (Max Thieriot) was supposed to die on the last night the Riverton Ripper wrecked havoc on that terrifying night. Unaware of terrifying crimes being committed to the seven children, he has been plagued by nightmares of their murders while not aware if they hold true or if he is simply imagining the images that haunt him. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the monster that's returned, he must face an evil that won't rest...until it finishes the job it began the day he was born.
Cast: Frank Grillo, Lynnanne Zager, Terri Douglas, Sean Leser, Robert Clotworthy, Matthew Berke, Eric Zuckerman, John Magaro, Trevor St. John, Lou Sumrall, Max Thieriot, Melody Garcia, Harris Yulin, Denzel Whitaker, Jessica Hecht, Alberto Vazquez, Felix Solis, Cristian Nicolae, Nicole Patrick, Zena Grey, Amber Efé, Nick Lashaway, Christopher Place, Paulina Olszynski, Enrique Chicas, Jeremy Chu, Michael Bell, Emily Meade, Beth Marie Jansen, Raúl Esparza
Directors Wes Craven
Genres Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Year: 2010
Runtime: 107
MPAA Rating: R
Producers: Wes Craven, Carly Feingold, Anthony Katagas, Ryan Kavanaugh, Iya Labunka, Andrew Rona, Tucker Tooley
Musicians: Marco Beltrami
Editors: Peter McNulty

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