Wes Craven dies at 76; prolific director behind 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream' horror films

August 31, 2015 5:41 AM

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Wes Craven, the prolific filmmaker behind "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and the "Scream" movies, kicked off his career with a film so violent and gory, censors in Britain banned it from theaters. He followed that by creating Freddy Krueger, an unhinged character who still terrorizes audiences.

But the director long wanted to break free from the horror genre he defined, so when producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein approached him with a three-picture deal, they sweetened the offer by letting him direct 1999's "Music of the Heart," the uplifting story of an East Harlem violin teacher who bring...

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