Wes Craven dies at 76; prolific director behind ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Scream’ horror films

Wes Craven, the prolific filmmaker behind “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and the “Scream” movies, kicked off his career with a film so violent and gory, censors in Britain banned it from theaters. He followed that by creating Freddy Krueger, an unhinged character who still terrorizes audiences.