The death of filmmaker Wes Craven has put fans in a spin, about how to appropriately honour the revolutionary horror director.

Craven, who transformed the genre with films such as Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and the Scream series, died this week aged 76.

The #PutOutYourKnives hashtag, a twist on the #PutOutYourBats campaign, following the death of cricketer of Philip Hughes, was cancelled after community safety concerns.  And a mass movement of prank calls to families named Prescott, asking them if they felt safe in their homes, was also abandoned for fears of legal action.

Many parents, who grew up terrified of Freddy Krueger murdering them in their dreams, considered terrorising their own children by showing them the Nightmare series, however called off the plan because they valued a good night’s sleep more.

Craven's Freddy Krueger
Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger

Other popular ideas floated on online forums included a series of brutal tribute murders, a flash mob style screaming session at 08:31 in the morning, honouring the date Craven passed away and fans slashing themselves, though that was considered too ‘emo’ and unoriginal and originality was what Craven was known for.

Finally, fans settled for the completely unoriginal and uninspiring tribute of changing their Facebook, Twitter etc profile photo to the Scream mask, proving that originality is still as rare and elusive as ever.