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, David Hess, Jonathan Craven, Anthony J. Forcelli, Martin Kove, Marc Sheffler, Fred J. Lincoln, Lucy Grantham, Sandra Peabody, Jeramie Rain, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr, Ada Washington, Marshall Anker, Ray Edwards
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, Flora, Striker, Virginia Vincent, Martin Speer, John Steadman, Janus Blythe, Peter Locke, Russ Grieve, Brenda Marinoff, Robert Houston, James Whitworth, Lance Gordon, Cordy Clark
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, Mimi Craven, Nicholas Worth, David Hess, Louis Jourdan, Dick Durock, Dov Gottesfeld, Tommy Madden, Richard Jennings, Don Knight, Al Ruban, Ben Bates, Nannette Brown, Reggie Batts, Karen Price, Bill Erickson
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: Johnny Depp, Lin Shaye, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, David Andrews, Joe Unger, John Saxon, Jsu Garcia, Joseph Whipp, Shashawnee Hall, Jeff Levine, Charles Fleischer, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, John Richard Petersen, Chris Tashima, Mimi Craven, Jack Shea, Ed Call, Sandy Lipton, Donna Woodrum, Carol Pritikin, Brian Reise, Ash Adams, Don Hannah, Leslie Hoffman, Paul Grenier, Kathi Gibbs, Antonia Yannouli
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, Francis Guinan, Paul Winfield, Dey Young, Paul Guilfoyle, Marie Carmel Noel, Providenia Alcántara, Aleta Mitchell, Frantz Thomas, Dikatel Charles, Jaime Pina Gautier, Johnny Pephanon, Ana Ramirez, Evencio Mosquera Slaco, Lucienne Charles, Rosa Bautista, Kimberleigh Aarn, Suzette Cajusle, Juliana José, Philogen Thomas, Rosemary Sylvain, Josiana Sant Louis, Ana Rosa Smith Avila, Iversose Beuville, Jean Pierre, Sally-Anne Munn, Jean-Baptiste Rosvelt
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, John Mahon, Kelly Jo Minter, Everett McGill, Josh Coxx, Danny Kopel, Teresa Velarde, Wendy Robie, Bill Cobbs, John Hostetter, Yan Birch, A.J. Langer, Jeremy Roberts, Conni Marie Brazelton, David Robinson, George R. Parker, Wayne Daniels, Nic Cramer, Jon Kinney, Michael Kopelow, Brandon Quintin Adams
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, Jsu Garcia, Angela Bassett, Vickilyn Reynolds, W. Earl Brown, Marcelo Tubert, Carmen Twillie, Jerry Hall, Eddie Murphy, Wendy Robie, Andrew DePalma, Ken Tipton, Kadeem Hardison, Michael Hyde, Troy Curvey Jr., Maxine Waters Willard, William Blount, Josef Powell, Joe Costanza, Roy Galloway, John LaMotta, Carmen Carter, Julia Waters, Nick DeMauro, Ray Combs, Mark Haining, Mark Anthony Cox, Allen Payne
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: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Cast: Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Wes Craven, Roger Jackson, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Kennedy, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Linda Blair, Cabran E. Chamberlain, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Lynn McRee, W. Earl Brown, Joseph Whipp, Lisa Beach, Kevin Patrick Walls, C.W. Morgan, Angela Miller, David Booth, Frances Lee McCain, Skeet Ulrich, Lawrence Hecht, Lisa Canning, Matt McDonald, Tony Kilbert, Kurtis Bedford, Carla Hatley, Troy Bishop, Carter Raff
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 it in order to avoid becoming werewolves themselves.
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, Gary Dubin, Hans Raith, Wilmer Calderon, Portia de Rossi, Jason Cox, Kristina Anapau, Michelle Krusiec, Joseph D. Reitman, Egan Friedlander, Brian Rueter, Randolph LeRoi, Bowling for Soup, Brian Boone, Christopher Van Malmsteen, Chris J. Johnson
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
AKA(s): Wes Craven's Cursed
Year: 2005
Runtime: 97
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Nominations: 3
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)


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, Marc Macaulay, Jimmy Star, Wes Craven, Cillian Murphy, Kyle Gallner, Jeanine Jackson, Philip Pavel, Dey Young, Carl Gilliard, Dane Farwell, Jenny Wade, Scott Leva, Suzie Plakson, Dilva Henry, Angela Paton, Robert Pine, Beth Toussaint, Rachel McAdams, Carmen Perez, Marianne Maddalena, Brittany Oaks, Terrence Baker, John T. O'Brien, Tina Anderson, Lance Balding, Angela Schnaible, Rand Gamble, Joey Nader, Jason Bartley
Directors: Wes Craven
Genres: Thriller, Mystery

Don't Airport

Year: 2005
Runtime: 85
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Awards: 2
Nominations: 9

Carl Ellsworth, Dan Foos


Chris Bender, Bonnie Curtis, Jim Lemley, Marianne Maddalena, Mason Novick, J.C. Spink


Marco Beltrami


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, Cristian Nicolae, Eric Zuckerman, John Magaro, Trevor St. John, Lou Sumrall, Melody Garcia, Max Thieriot, Harris Yulin, Denzel Whitaker, Jessica Hecht, Felix Solis, Richard Rutkowski, Hannah Hodson, Nicole Patrick, Amber Efé, Zena Grey, Christopher Place, Nick Lashaway, Enrique Chicas, Paulina Olszynski, Jeremy Chu, Emily Meade, Beth Marie Jansen, Michael Bell
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

Wes Craven / Hell Horror


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