Famous for horror productions such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, and his 1972 debut The Last House on the Left, Craven died Sunday of brain cancer in Los Angeles.
Though dream-demon Freddy Krueger is his most famous creation, Craven's cinematic talents ranged from comedy to crime thrillers, with 2005's Red Eye among his biggest hits. He was also a birdwatcher, serving on the board of California Audubon.
He is survived by his wife, Iya Labunka, and two children, Jessica and Jonathan Craven.
The BBC collected some early tributes posted online by colleagues and collaborators.
Reflecting on his career, he once said in an interview: "I tried to make movies where I can honestly say I haven't seen that before and to follow my deepest intuitions and in some cases literally my dreams."
Actors posted tributes on social media including actress Courtney Cox, who starred in Craven's 1996 Scream and appeared in the franchise's three subsequent films.
"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."
News of Craven's death was posted to his twitter account late Sunday night.
Justin Wm. Moyer wrote a long obituary, for The Washington Post, which traces the origins of Craven's art.
Born in 1939 in Cleveland, Craven’s childhood came with the trauma necessary to an artist obsessed with the macabre: death and religion. The director-to-be lost his father, an alcoholic factory hand, in his youth, and was raised by a strict Protestant family.
“I came out of a very religious background,” he said in 1984. ”As fundamentalist Baptists, we were sequestered from the rest of the world. You couldn’t dance or drink or go to the movies. The first time I paid to see a movie (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’) I was a senior in college. … My whole youth was based on suppression of emotion. As they say in psychological circles, my family never got in touch with their rage. So making movies — these awful horror movies, no less — was, I guess, my way of purging this rage.”
Hollywood's lost a rare species in Wes Craven. The true Gentleman.— Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015
Director Edgar Wright remembers what it was like to be young in the VHS slasher era: "Rest In Peace, Wes. We willingly give you full permission to haunt our waking dreams forever."
Like many film fans who grew up in the 70’s and early 80’s, Wes Craven’s name became to me synonymous with cutting edge horror. When I grew up in a VHS less house, I really could only dream of the horrors behind the forbidding posters or video box art of movies like ‘The Last House On The Left’, ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ and ‘Deadly Blessing’. These were films I was not really allowed to see, but as a young horror obsessive I needed to know everything about them.
"Apparently I owned this utterly crap caravan for three weeks before actually setting eyes on it.
"My husband drunkenly bought it on Ebay, and neglected to mention that one day he’d taken the day off work and driven halfway across the country to pick it up, deposit it around the back of our office, and failed to declare it as technically a marital ‘asset’ until recently.
"Luckily, I’m the trusting type, and despite appearances I don’t think he bought it solely for the purpose of having a sordid extra-marital affair or taking up dogging, however as you might be able to see from the pictures, it would be PERFECT for both." …
In a later edit she adds: "It has been brought to my attention that the "caravan" would also be suitable for use as a rolling meth lab. Apologies for the omission."
Jonathan Smith, 34, was charged with misdemeanor battery after "pelting his mother with grub," reports The Smoking Gun.
“Jonathan grabbed a hand full of potato salad and threw it,” striking his mother in the face, reported cops, who noted that the woman had “food all over her and in her hair” when they arrived at the residence. Though his mother yelled for him to stop, Smith “continued to throw food at his mother,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Hungarian police have arrested four people on suspicion of human trafficking after the bodies, thought to be Syrian refugees, were found locked in an abandoned, airtight container truck in Austria.
Space sailor Buzz Aldrin and the Florida Institute of Technology are planning to colonize Mars within 25 years.
More specifically, he’s shooting for 2039, the 70th anniversary of his own Apollo 11 moon landing, although he admits the schedule is “adjustable”.
He envisions using Mars’ moons, Phobos and Deimos, as preliminary stepping stones for astronauts. He said he dislikes the label “one-way” and imagines tours of duty lasting 10 years.
“The Pilgrims on the Mayflower came here to live and stay. They didn’t wait around Plymouth Rock for the return trip, and neither will people building up a population and a settlement” on Mars.
Caroline Langler, a member of the Henley in Bloom committee, who had planted up the two barrows, said: “Obviously it’s annoying someone has knocked it over because I had enormous pleasure doing them both.
“When I was doing them people were stopping to ask about them and telling me how wonderful they were. People really appreciate them.” Mrs Langler, of Queen Street, said she was just thankful the barrow wasn’t pushed into the road.
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Security blogger Brian Krebs is among those hot on the trail, and he "may have a new lead," according to the New York Times.
On Wednesday, Brian Krebs, the well-known security blogger posited a new theory about who may have hacked the site, which helps arrange extramarital affairs. Mr. Krebs zeroed in on a Twitter user named Thadeus Zu (@deuszu), who posted a link to Ashley Madison’s stolen, proprietary source code before the information was made public this month.
Some apparent problems with this hypothesis have already been noted, but the operator of the @deuszu account is doing his or her best to look guilty.
I want @briankrebs to come forward and lay it down on my fucking face. Bring all that evidence and proof and we can have a public dialogue.— Thadeus Zu (@deuszu) August 27, 2015
Bring on it on @briankrebs.— Thadeus Zu (@deuszu) August 27, 2015
THIS ENDS HERE.— Thadeus Zu (@deuszu) August 27, 2015
I am looking forward to dragging @briankrebs to court, amigo.— Thadeus Zu (@deuszu) August 27, 2015
Reminder: the site was probably just a scam with only a handful of legitimate female participants. Little can be implied about its users beyond stupidity.