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: Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.
Cast: Steve Miner, Jonathan Craven, David Hess, Lucy Grantham, Sandra Peabody, Jeramie Rain, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr, Ada Washington, Marshall Anker, Ray Edwards, Anthony J. Forcelli, Martin Kove, Marc Sheffler, Fred J. Lincoln
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime
AKA(s): Grim Company, Krug & Company, Last House on the Left, Night of Vengeance, Sex Crime of the Century
Year: 1972
Runtime: 84
Writers: Wes Craven, Ulla Isaksson
Producers: Sean S. Cunningham, Katherine D'Amato
Musicians: David Hess
Editors: Wes Craven

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Synopsis: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
Cast: Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Janus Blythe, Peter Locke, Russ Grieve, Brenda Marinoff, Robert Houston, James Whitworth, Lance Gordon, Cordy Clark, Flora, Striker, Virginia Vincent, Martin Speer, John Steadman
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Thriller
AKA(s): Blood Relations, The Family That Woke Up Screaming, Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes
Year: 1977
Runtime: 89
Writers: Wes Craven
Producers: Peter Locke
Musicians: Don Peake
Editors: Wes Craven

Swamp Thing (1982)

Synopsis: After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.
Cast: Ray Wise, Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Dick Durock, Mimi Craven, Nicholas Worth, David Hess, Don Knight, Al Ruban, Ben Bates, Nannette Brown, Reggie Batts, Karen Price, Bill Erickson, Dov Gottesfeld, Tommy Madden, Richard Jennings
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Year: 1982
Runtime: 91
Writers: Wes Craven, Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson
Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan
Musicians: Harry Manfredini
Editors: Richard Bracken

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Synopsis: Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
Cast: Lin Shaye, Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp, Joe Unger, David Andrews, John Saxon, Jsu Garcia, Jeff Levine, Charles Fleischer, Joseph Whipp, Shashawnee Hall, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, John Richard Petersen, Mimi Craven, Chris Tashima, Jack Shea, Carol Pritikin, Brian Reise, Ash Adams, Don Hannah, Leslie Hoffman, Paul Grenier, Kathi Gibbs, Antonia Yannouli, Ed Call, Sandy Lipton, Donna Woodrum
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror
Year: 1984
Runtime: 91
Awards: 2
Nominations: 3
Writers: Wes Craven
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: An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.
Cast: Bill Pullman, Michael Gough, William Newman, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Francis Guinan, Dey Young, Paul Guilfoyle, Maxo Fercilien, Otilio Nerius, Jean-Baptiste Rosvelt, Jacques Achilles, Venat Ruis, Brent Jennings, Robert De James, Francesco Chavez, Ramon Cherry, Michael Jackson, Jackson Delgado, Saveur D'Orlean, Rosa Charles, Badja Djola, Barbara Guillaume, Betty García Rodríguez, Maurice Altenor, Luis Telemako, Conrad Roberts, Luis Tavare Pesquera, Miguel Valdez, Federico Núñez
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Fantasy
Year: 1988
Runtime: 98
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: Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and become trapped.
Cast: Sean Whalen, Ving Rhames, Kelly Jo Minter, Everett McGill, John Mahon, Wendy Robie, Bill Cobbs, John Hostetter, Yan Birch, A.J. Langer, Josh Coxx, Danny Kopel, Teresa Velarde, Jon Kinney, Michael Kopelow, Brandon Quintin Adams, Jeremy Roberts, Conni Marie Brazelton, David Robinson, George R. Parker, Wayne Daniels, Nic Cramer
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
Year: 1991
Runtime: 102
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 2
Nominations: 5
Writers: Wes Craven
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...
Cast: Mitch Pileggi, Joanna Cassidy, Zakes Mokae, Angela Bassett, Jsu Garcia, Vickilyn Reynolds, W. Earl Brown, Marcelo Tubert, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Hall, Andrew DePalma, Wendy Robie, Ken Tipton, Kadeem Hardison, Carmen Twillie, Ray Combs, Mark Anthony Cox, Mark Haining, Allen Payne, Alyse Mandel Kenny, Larry Paul Marshall, John Witherspoon, Vince Micelli, Simbi Khali, Oren Waters, Messiri Freeman, Carlton Davis, Kelly Cinnante, Clive Ross, Ayo Adeyemi
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
AKA(s): Wes Craven's Vampire In Brooklyn
Year: 1995
Runtime: 100
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: Eddie Murphy, Vernon Lynch, Charlie Murphy, Michael Lucker, Chris Parker
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: Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother's mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go.
Cast: Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Wes Craven, Roger Jackson, Liev Schreiber, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Linda Blair, Cabran E. Chamberlain, W. Earl Brown, Joseph Whipp, Lynn McRee, Skeet Ulrich, Lawrence Hecht, Lisa Canning, Lisa Beach, Kevin Patrick Walls, C.W. Morgan, Angela Miller, Frances Lee McCain, Carter Raff, Troy Bishop, Freddy W. Smith, Ryan Kennedy, Henry Winkler, Leonora Scelfo, Neil Breen
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Mystery
AKA(s): Scary Movie
Year: 1996
Runtime: 111
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 8
Nominations: 7
Writers: Kevin Williamson
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: A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults, who, after being mauled by the beast, learn they must kill their attacker if they hope to change their fate to avoid becoming werewolves too.
Cast: Derek Mears, Greg Nicotero, Christina Ricci, Brittani Cox, Judy Greer, Joshua Jackson, Shannon Elizabeth, Milo Ventimiglia, Nick Offerman, Brett Rickaby, John Embry, Eric Ladin, Jesse Eisenberg, Shashawnee Hall, Jason Cox, Kristina Anapau, Michelle Krusiec, Joseph D. Reitman, Michael Rosenbaum, Gary Dubin, Hans Raith, Wilmer Calderon, Portia de Rossi, Brandon Cox, Solar, Jonny Acker, Jason Dottley, Jason Aaron Goldberg, Ken Rudulph, Tanja Kindler
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
AKA(s): Wes Craven's Cursed
Year: 2005
Runtime: 97
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Nominations: 2
Writers: Kevin Williamson
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: A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.
Cast: Brian Cox, Wes Craven, Jimmy Star, Marc Macaulay, Cillian Murphy, Kyle Gallner, Dane Farwell, Jenny Wade, Philip Pavel, Dey Young, Carl Gilliard, Jeanine Jackson, Angela Paton, Robert Pine, Beth Toussaint, Rachel McAdams, Carmen Perez, Marianne Maddalena, Scott Leva, Suzie Plakson, Dilva Henry, Adam Gobble, Nathan Effron, Megan Crawford, Carl Ellsworth, Anthony W. Preston, Tom Elkins, C.C. Taylor, Dava Hulsey, Skip Crank
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
AKA(s): Don't Airport
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: A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.
Cast: Frank Grillo, Lynnanne Zager, Sean Leser, Terri Douglas, Matthew Berke, Robert Clotworthy, Harris Yulin, Denzel Whitaker, Jessica Hecht, Felix Solis, Cristian Nicolae, Eric Zuckerman, John Magaro, Trevor St. John, Lou Sumrall, Melody Garcia, Max Thieriot, Beth Marie Jansen, Michael Bell, Emily Meade, Raúl Esparza, Amanda Lupacchino, Danai Gurira, Shareeka Epps, Timothy Snopkowski, Elena Hurst, Shannon Maree Walsh, Alexandra Wilson, Shannon Walsh, Alberto Vazquez
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
AKA(s): 25/8, Bug, My Soul to Take 3D, Untitled Wes Craven Project
Year: 2010
Runtime: 107
MPAA Rating: R
Writers: Wes Craven
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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