Wes Craven Dead: Hollywood Reacts
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.
Hollywood stars took to social media to offer their condolences as well celebrating the life and works of director, writer and producer Wes Craven, the master of horror, who died Sunday aged 76 after losing his battle with brain cancer.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, the studio behind the Craven's Scream films, said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" at the news.
He added: "We enjoyed a 20-year professional relationship and more importantly a warm and close friendship. He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever. My brother and I are eternally grateful for all his collaborations with us. Our deepest sympathy to his family."
MTV, who released a TV-adaptation of Scream, also released a statement about the director’s death: “Wes Craven was a tremendous visionary whose sensibility for scares has connected with generations of MTV fans. We are honored to have worked with him and proud to carry on his legacy with Scream. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
Scream stars Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Sarah Michelle Geller were among those who tweeted their sadness on Twitter.
Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family. x— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) August 31, 2015
RIP Wes Craven. You were one of a kind. Thanks for all the years of scares and fun.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 31, 2015
Can't believe the news. Heartfelt sadness and deepest condolences with the passing of Wes Craven. Truly one of my biggest inspirations. #rip— James Wan (@creepypuppet) August 31, 2015
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. #wescraven— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 31, 2015
He directed me in Scream3 and I directed him in J&SB. Fare thee well horror-Gretzky WES CRAVEN. Talented, good guy. http://t.co/LZB0EGzxfV— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 31, 2015
Any horror fan says goodbye to Wes Craven with a heavy heart. He gifted my generation with so many memories. Films seen through my fingers— Leigh Whannell (@LWhannell) August 31, 2015
R. I. P Wes Craven. You are a legend. Nightmare On Elm Street is the best horror film ever made. You will be missed. Prayers to your family.— Rebecca Mader (@bexmader) August 31, 2015
Wes Craven taught me that your work team is also your family. Some of the dearest people in my life are people I met while working for him.— julieplec (@julieplec) August 31, 2015
He was a kind, gentle and intelligent man. I started my career with this family. Thank you, Wes. Be in peace.— julieplec (@julieplec) August 31, 2015
WOW! I just found out! Rest in peace you are such an important inspiration to me @wescraven— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) August 31, 2015
So we have lost the movie maker, Wes Craven. Sorry to hear it. Thanks to Jason G. and others who brought the... http://t.co/BMkVBvfxVE— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) August 31, 2015
We lost a legend. Thank you @wescraven for your films and your friendship.— scott foley (@scottkfoley) August 31, 2015
Wes Craven. There goes another outlier. RIP— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 31, 2015