Wes Craven, man behind 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream,' dies at 76

August 31, 2015 3:13 AM

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Wes Craven, man behind 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream,' dies at 76

(CNN)Wes Craven, the visionary filmmaker who defined the horror genre with the long-enduring "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise and later deconstructed and redefined it with "Scream," has died. He was 76.

His career spanned decades, beginning with the 1972 revenge flick, "The Last House on the Left." While a commercial success, it pales in comparison to what came 12 years later.

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