Slasher Maestro Wes Craven, Creator of Freddy Krueger, Dies at 76: Family

August 31, 2015 1:43 AM

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Slasher Maestro Wes Craven, Creator of Freddy Krueger, Dies at 76: Family

Wes Craven, who haunted the nightmares of two generations of teenagers — and their parents — with his creation of Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films, died Sunday in Los Angeles, his family said in a statement. He was 76 and had brain cancer.

Craven helped popularize a new style of bloody horror movie that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, far more graphic than the indirect, mainly off-screen chills of earlier classics like Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and the classic Hammer Studios monster movies.

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