Sad news rocked the horror world yesterday when it was reported that Wes Craven had passed away at the age of 76. The news came as a shock to both friends and fans, as a lot of people didn't know the beloved filmmaker was battling brain cancer. The director is best known for directing the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which gave Freddy Krueger to the world. But it was his film Scream that rejuvenated the waining horror genre back in the 90s, breathing new life into what some felt was a bygone era. Now, some of the stars of that original franchise starter have paid tribute to the maestro, along with news that the movie's small screen incarnation also has something special planned for later in the week.
Neve Campbell starred in all four Scream movies, working closely alongside Wes Craven in creating a different kind of Scream Queen for a new generation. The pair reunited to collaborate on Scream 4, which has now turned out to be the filmmaker's final film as a director. In the movies, Sidney Prescott cheated death many times over. Now, she remembers her horror mentor for not only his ability to scare the pants off moviegoers, but also for his kindness, generosity and humor. The actress had this to say in a statement earlier today.
"We lost a great deal of magic yesterday. I'm devastated to hear of Wes's passing. My life wouldn't be what it is without him. I will be forever grateful for his brilliant direction, his wicked sense of humor and his consummate kindness and friendship. He has entertained us all for decades and inspired so many to follow in his path. I loved Wes dearly and will miss him always. Thank you Wes!!!"
Other stars from Scream shared their memories on various social media platforms. Courteney Cox called Wes Craven her friend and mentor, while Rose McGowan said the filmmaker was one of the kindest, gentlest and smartest men she has ever known, referring to him as a king amongst directors. Jamie Kennedy even credited Wes Craven for giving him his whole career. Other Scream stars that shared their memories included Jerry O'Connell, Skeet Ulrich and Kevin Smith, who has the distinction of being one of the few to actual direct Wes Craven as an actor in a movie.
Before his untimely death, Wes Craven was serving as an executive producer on MTV's new Scream series, which has already been renewed for Season 2. It was announced earlier today that MTV will pay tribute during Tuesday's Scream Season 1 finale. The director has previously stated that, even though he does have a producer credit on the show, he had little, if anything, to do with the creation and continued success of the show. It has not yet been revealed how MTV plans to honor Wes Craven. Fans can tune it at 10pm EST to see the legend celebrated.
Along with his role as executive producer on MTV's Scream, the filmmaker was developing a TV series based on The People Under the Stairs, and the comic book Disciples. The filmmaker's work inspired countless movies and directors who came after him. The filmmaker made his mark with his first film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and continued to be a driving force in the genre ever since. The filmmaker is survived by his third wife, producer Iya Labunka, sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven, daughter Jessica Craven, stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy and three grandchildren. Take a look at what the stars of Scream had to say in his memory.
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
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
So sad to hear the news about Wes. An amazing man on set and off and I owe so much to his talents. He will be sorely missed by many...— Skeet Ulrich (@SkeetMe1) August 31, 2015
Wes Craven was simply the best. He was a complete GEM. They're about to get the crap scared out of them in Heaven. #LoveYouWes— Jerry O'Connell (@MrJerryOC) 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