Date: 1st September 2015
American horror film director Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, has died aged 76.
A statement released by his family said Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cancer.
Craven wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. His Scream franchise grossed over $300m (£195m) in the US alone.
A pioneer of the slasher genre, Craven once said of his work: "Horror films don't create fear. They release it."
Craven was credited with reinventing the teen horror genre when the first film featuring Freddy Krueger was released in 1984 starring a then-unknown Johnny Depp.
He had more recently signed deals to develop television programmes, including the new Scream series, for MTV. He had also been working on a graphic horror novel series.
Source: Press Release