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Wes Craven, the director of iconic horror films such as Scream and the Nightmare on Elm Street series, has died aged 76, his family said.
Craven, whose Freddie Krueger character terrified generations of moviegoers around the globe, had battled brain cancer.
"It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed," his family said in a statement on Sunday.
"Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home."
He presided over eight Nightmare on Elm Street films, and in the 1980s directed some episodes of the revival Twilight Zone series.
"Today, the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family," actress Courteney Cox, who appeared in Craven's four Scream movies, wrote on Twitter.
Ohio native Craven, who once taught English, had a graduate degree in philosophy and writing.
"Thank you for being the kindest man, the gentlest man, and one of the smartest men I've known. Please say there's a plot twist," actress Rose McGowan, a Scream veteran, said on Twitter.
Wes Craven's Top 5 Most Iconic Films
It's the one that started it all for Craven. One of the most iconic horror movies of all time, A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984).
Original Nightmare on elm street trailer
While Craven had solidified himself as a master of horror, Scream (1996) brought the style back into popularity and to a whole new young audience.
Scream - TRAILER
With the success of the first one, Craven backed in the next year ('97) and pulled another classic out of the bag with Scream 2.
Scream 2 (1997) Official Trailer
One of his more recent movies, Red Eye (2005) showed Craven's skill in making more straight up 'thriller' movies instead of horror.
'Red Eye' Trailer HD
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) was one of Craven's first major films and one of the pioneering films of the horror genre.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) - Trailer