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Master of slasher horror films Wes Craven dies at 76

He was best known for creating the villain Freddy Krueger

Craven's signature concept of dreams and fantasies overlapping with reality echoed throughout his career.

New York

WES Craven, a master of horror cinema and a proponent of the slasher genre best known for creating the Freddy Krueger and "Scream" franchises, died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76.

The cause was brain cancer, according to a statement from his family.