This comes as a total surprise, but director Wes Craven has passed away from brain cancer, according to a statement from his family. He died at his home in Los Angeles and was 76 years old.
Wes Craven, born Wesley Earl Craven, was brought into the world on August 2, 1939, in Cleveland to Paul and Caroline Craven. While in college, Wes earned a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton and a master’s in philosophy from John Hopkins University, and he was also a professor in Pennsylvania and New York for a brief time. He is survived by his wife, Iya Labunka; a sister, Carol Buhrow; a son, Jonathan; a daughter, Jessica; and a stepdaughter.
In David Konow’s book Reel Terror, Wes Craven said that horror movies had to get under people’s skin in ways they would not expect. And I completely agree with that sentiment. He added: “Horror movies have to show us something that hasn’t been shown before so that the audience is completely taken aback. You see, it’s not just that people want to be scared; people are scared.”
“I can see that I give my audience something. I can see it in their eyes, and they say thank you a lot. You realize you are doing something that means something to people. So shut up and get back to work.”