Wes Craven, a Master of Slasher Horror Films, Dies at 76

August 31, 2015 4:37 AM

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Wes Craven, a Master of Slasher Horror Films, Dies at 76

Wes Craven, a master of horror cinema and a proponent of the slasher genre best known for creating the Freddy Krueger and “Scream” franchises, died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Perhaps Mr. Craven’s most famous villain was Freddy Krueger, who haunted the nightmares of high school students in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984) and became one of the top killers in horror movie history, alongside Michael Myers of the “Halloween” franchise and Jason Voorhees of the “Friday the ...

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