Courteney Cox, David Arquette Join Stars Paying Tribute to Wes Craven

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Smith, Adrienne Barbeau also remember director of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” who died Sunday at age 76

Hollywood stars took to social media to express their appreciation sadness and appreciation for Wes Craven, the horrormeister behind “A Nightmare on Elm Street” who died Sunday at age 76 after a battle with brain cancer.

David Arquette, who starred in Craven’s original “Scream” movie series, opened a Twitter account on Sunday just so he could pay tribute to the director Craven: “Wes was a great man and I love him very much.”

Arquette’s ex-wife Courteney Cox, whom he met while shooting the first “Scream,” also shared her appreciation for the director: “Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven.”

“Wasn’t it yesterday we were in the swamps 2gether?” tweeted Adrienne Barbeau, the star of Craven’s 1982 film “Swamp Thing. “O Wes, what a loss.”

“You were one of a kind,” Paul Feig, who’s directing the upcoming female-led reboot of “Ghostbusters,” wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for all the years of scares and fun.”

Meanwhile, Comedy Central host Chris Hardwick wrote about his intention to skip tonight’s VMAs on MTV, the network that just rebooted Craven’s “Scream” movies as a TV series. “@LydiaHearst & I are going to watch Wes Craven‘s New Nightmare instead,” he tweeted.

Here are some of the other celebrity tributes that have poured in: