Wes Craven, the famed maestro of horror known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.
Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers for years, died at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. Survivors include his wife, producer and former Disney Studios vice president Iya Labunka.
— Wes Craven (@wescraven) August 31, 2015
Everybody knows Craven from the Nightmare and Scream flicks. But until I looked him on up IMDb just now, I had forgotten he also directed this one:
That was 10 years ago. The only other movie of his I’ve seen since then was Scream 4, which is for fans only. But if you want some later-period Wes Craven that’s a bit of a departure* for him, more of a psychological thriller than the straight-up horror that made him famous, check out Red Eye. Well worth a rental.
*No pun intended. The movie’s mostly set on a plane.