Wes Craven, the writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody slasher films like ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ passed away yesterday at the age of 76. His family said he died in his home, surrounded by family, after battling brain cancer. Craven is credited with reinventing the teen horror genre with the ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ in 1984. The movie and its razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger led to several sequels, as did his 1996 success, ‘Scream’. Along with John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ defined a teen horror tradition where helpless teens were preyed upon by supernatural villains in morality tales.
Who is the scariest movie villain of all time?