“Scream” at 25: What You Didn’t Know About the Wes Craven Classic

In honor of the upcoming new movie, let’s take a look back at the “Scream” that all started 25 years ago.

Do you like horror movies? That line at the start of “Scream” (1996) had instant meta overtones, like in a movie directed by horror master Wes Craven, who almost invented the modern horror movie. So what better director to poke fun at the very genre he helped usher in? Craven was the mastermind behind hit movies like “The Last House on the Left” (1972) and “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977), before embarking on one of the most creative slasher franchises of all. time, “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984).

Twelve years later, Craven has done the unthinkable and made a benchmark teen thriller peppered with references to the “rules” of horror movies, the modern media circus surrounding all that is morbid and subverts casting expectations. Plus, “Scream” created a new era of Last Girl with Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). The Ghostface Killer may have many identities across all four installments, with a fifth on the horizon for a January 2022 release, but one thing always remains the same: Sid relives his trauma and fights back.

Original directs Campbell, David Arquette as gullible cop Dewey Riley and Courteney Cox as a reporter Gail Weathers have appeared throughout the franchise, spanning two decades. Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Adam Brody, Alison Brie, Hayden Panettiere, Liev Schrieber, Jada Pinkett Smith, Heather Graham and Kristen Bell also all came face to face with Ghostface Killer onscreen.

Now, a decade after the premiere of “Scre4m” and six years after the debut of the MTV spinoff series “Scream”, “Scream 5” finally arrives on January 14, 2022. It will be the first follow-up that Craven has not made. while the author died in 2015. The fifth film is directed by “Ready or Not” co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, with a screenplay written by “Zodiac” writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick .

Longtime “Scream” Queen Campbell has spoken of her initial apprehension of returning to the iconic Woodsboro after Craven’s death. “I was really in two minds,” said Campbell. Weekly entertainment. “The idea of ​​making these films without Wes Craven struck me as difficult. I liked the man very much. Corn [directors] Matt and Tyler wrote me a letter, telling me about their appreciation and great respect for Wes Craven, and about how the very reason they are directors today was because of those movies and because of Wes, and that meant a lot to me. “

“From the second I stepped on set,” added co-star Cox, “I felt extremely emotional and felt a real longing and longing for him. happy with the way Matt and Tyler rebooted this franchise.

Original “Scream” screenwriter Kevin Williamson is also executive producer of the fifth film, which Arquette attributed to the cast “at ease” during production. Could more original stars like Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore, Matthew Lillard or even Skeet Ulrich appear beyond their fictional graves? Everything is possible in the “Scream” franchise.

As we all know too well, no matter what happens on the screen, someone has to Plan for the sequel because, let’s face it, these days you have to have a sequel. In honor of the upcoming new movie, let’s take a look back at the “Scream” that all started 25 years ago.

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