Director Wes Craven Dies

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Wes Craven, the director known for his horror films such as A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Hills Have Eyes, has died. He was 76.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Craven passed away at home after a battle with brain cancer.

Craven helped to revitalize the horror genre, first with Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 and then again with Scream in 1995. Both films spawned numerous sequels, parodies and imitations.

Craven also worked outside of the horror genre, directing Music of the Heart in 1999, which earned its lead Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

"I am heartbroken at the news of Wes Craven’s passing. We enjoyed a 20-year professional relationship and more importantly a warm and close friendship. He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever. My brother and I are eternally grateful for all his collaborations with us. Our deepest sympathy to his family," said longtime collaborator Robert Weinstein. – Staff Writers