Nightmare on Elm Street's Wes Craven dies

Nightmare on Elm Street's Wes Craven dies

Whatever you do, don't fall asleep!

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Robert Englund in Nightmare on Elm Street.
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Wes Craven, the director of iconic horror films such as Scream and the Nightmare on Elm Street series, has died aged 76, The Hollywood Reporter said Sunday.

Craven, whose Freddie Kruger character kept children awake at night around the globe, had battled cancer, his family told the industry news source.

He directed eight Nightmare on Elm Street films, and in the 1980s directed some episodes of the revival Twilight Zone series.

The Ohio native, who once taught English, had a graduate degree in philosophy and writing.

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