Wes Craven, the director behind horror classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, and Scream, has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76. Craven's family confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter and The Daily Beast.
After a career in academia, Craven entered Hollywood in 1972 with his first feature film, Last House on the Left. He was still active and working over three decades on; most recently, he was developing two series for Syfy called We Are Completely Fine and The People Under the Stairs. Craven's best-known creation as Freddy Krueger, the twisted Nightmare on Elm Street serial killer who stalks victims in their dreams.