Craven brought Freddy Krueger to life in "Nightmare on Elm Street," found a new audience with the "Scream" franchise, and also gave us "The Last House on the Left" and "The Hills Have Eyes," among others.
He helped launch or re-launch the careers of many Hollywood stars, and influenced countless others, and several celebrities paid tribute to the film legend after his passing:
Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015
Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I've known. Please say there's a plot twist. #wescraven— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 31, 2015
#WesCraven was the maestro of my nightmares growing up throughout the 80's. And those same nightmares gave me my passion 4 horror films. RIP— Josh Gad (@joshgad) August 31, 2015
Damn guys. @WesCraven died. A brilliant filmmaker, he brought quality & depth of character to every movie he made. Amazing library- bravo— Seth Green (@SethGreen) August 31, 2015
@wescraven rest ...knowing your imagination delighted and terrified millions with your extraordinary story telling. Love to your memory— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 31, 2015
Edgar Wright -- director of "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and "The World's End" -- wrote a sweet tribute on his website. It's quite lengthy, including posters and film clips, but here's the very end:
I am thankful for the many movies he left behind, for my tiny part in his last completed film and happy to have got to tell him how much I enjoyed and was inspired by his work. He was a true maestro of genre and a class act.
Rest In Peace, Wes. We willingly give you full permission to haunt our waking dreams forever."
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