The loss of Wes Craven has broken the hearts of countless horror fans. The man who created Freddy Krueger has been taken from us, killed by brain cancer. In a morbid, ironic, twist of fate, it makes sense that a man with so much horror on the mind succumbed to a horror of the brain.
This loss has also rocked actors, actresses, directors, and such throughout the entertainment world. Below is a collection of the mourning thoughts of many of these people.
American McGee spoke about the failed video game-to-film adaptation of American McGee’s Alice, also explaining that Craven’s cancer may have been a part of his life for many, many years:
Sad news today on the passing of Wes Craven. I didn’t know him well, but did have the pleasure of working with him in the early stages of “Alice” feature film development. This was back in 2001, when we’d just optioned the Alice rights to Miramax/Dimension, attached Wes as director, and attracted the writing talents of a young John August. At that time it was the early stages of Wes’s battle with cancer that derailed the project. Here’s hoping Wes has gone to a better Wonderland. His talents and creativity were unique.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, issued the following statement:
I am heartbroken at the news of Wes Craven’s passing. 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.
RIP Wes Craven, my director, my friend. A brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. A sad day on Elm St and everywhere. I'll miss him.
— Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015
Stunned 2 learn of Wes Craven's passing. Just doesn't seem possible. Wasn't it yesterday we were in the swamps 2gether? O Wes, what a loss.
— Adrienne Barbeau (@abarbeau) August 31, 2015
Every time I'm writing characters for a script, I always know they will never be as good as Mommy and Daddy from THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS
— Brad Henderson (@BradFHenderson) August 31, 2015
— 31 (@RobZombie31) August 31, 2015
Stunned to hear about the death of Wes Craven. We treasure his movies and owe him a great personal debt. Wouldn't be here without him. RIP.
— Shannon and Swift (@shannonandswift) August 31, 2015
Clive and Wes on the Dr. Ruth show. RIP Wes Craven. http://t.co/nSS12ydijZ
— Clive Barker (@RealCliveBarker) 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
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
RIP Wes Craven! A pioneer in the genre!
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) August 31, 2015
Tears, my friends. Tears in public. RIP @wescraven
— Todd Farmer (@todd_farmer) August 31, 2015
Weren't we lucky to have that first Nightmare on Elm Street? Weren't we lucky to have Wes Craven?
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) August 31, 2015
Growing up in the 80s, we all saw Craven as a cool dad who approved and understood our love of dark things. He WAS horror movies.
— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) August 31, 2015
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 31, 2015
R.I.P. to one of my all time heroes who was also truly one of the nicest people I ever had the good fortune to meet. pic.twitter.com/UNisaTRgFn
— Eli Roth (@eliroth) August 31, 2015
I've always had the deepest respect for @WesCraven and his ability to take his fans on a thrilling ride. Warmest regards to his loved ones.
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) August 31, 2015
Very sad to hear about the passing of a legend and a founder of modern horror. See you in our dreams, Mr. Craven.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) August 31, 2015
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 @wescraven Your darkness was my light. Condolences to your lovely family
— Bill Moseley (@choptopmoseley) August 31, 2015
— Fede Alvarez (@fedalvar) August 31, 2015
— Don Coscarelli (@DonCoscarelli) August 31, 2015
Thank you for the dreams, the nightmares and all that wander in between, Mr. Craven. Rest in peace. Thank you for the heart in your art…
— Marcus Dunstan (@MarcusDunstan) August 31, 2015
Heartbroken about the loss of Wes Craven. He was an incredible inspiration as a director and, more so, a very kind man.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 31, 2015