The Cast Of Scream On Wes Craven And The Importance Of Steaming Intestines
After the untimely death of horror legend Wes Craven, it was a nice thing to have ourselves a little Scream reunion at Fan Expo. Just shy of 20 years old, the 1996 film went on to spawn three sequels and now a successful television reboot.
But we’ll always love the original most.
Yesterday, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, and the iconic voice of Ghostface, Roger Jackson, sat down to talk to a roomful of devoted fans about what it’s like making one of the most memorable films of the 1990s and how much of an honour it was to work with Craven, who directed all four Scream titles. Here are some of the most illuminating things they had to share.
Craven was integral to getting Drew Barrymore to act as convincingly as she did in the film’s prominent opening sequence. According to Jackson, Barrymore was extremely shaken up at the end of each gruelling take, but Craven was by her side immediately after he yelled cut, helping her channel that fear into the performance.
That particular scene is what almost got the film an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. Apparently, Barrymore’s steaming intestines is what really pushed the horror over the edge. Once they stopped steaming, the film (which feels restrained by today’s gnarly standards) earned a more sensible R-rating.
Jackson has voiced countless TV and video game characters over the years, but during auditions he’s still asked to leave answer machine messages in his eerie (and also unnervingly sensual) Ghostface voice.
Even though Jackson voiced the killer in all four Scream films, Campbell and Ulrich only met him three weeks prior to this panel. Craven thought it would be more effective if the actors never actually met the voice of Ghostface.
Although the Scream-spoofing franchise Scary Movie stuck around even longer than its inspiration (five movies and counting), Campbell has only seen the first 40 minutes of the Scary Movie 1, on a plane. I wonder if Anna Faris has only watched the last 40 minutes of Scream.
While Campbell’s unsure as to whether or not she’ll ever reprise her role as Sidney following Craven’s death, Ulrich isn’t totally opposed to a Billy prequel—a la Wet Hot American Summer, because he’s 45.
The entire panel agreed the best way to survive a horror movie is to a) turn on the lights more b) run out the front door instead of up the stairs and c) take more painkillers (Campbell accidentally punched Ulrich super hard in the chest, where he previously underwent open heart surgery—yowch!).
Campbell’s favourite horror film is The Changling, Ulrich’s is The Exorcist, and Jackson’s is The Howling. Awoooo!
Ulrich had no idea Scream was partially satire until co-star Matthew Lillard opened his mouth. And then it was obvious.
Campbell and Ulrich both starred in 1996’s The Craft, and neither are sure which franchise has a more rabid fan base. This didn’t go over so well with the Scream crowd.
Campbell isn’t a fan of CGI, namely digital Yoda from George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels.
Jackson is a fan of Z Nation. Yay!
Campbell was one of the few people who knew who the killer or killers were before the film was finished. In fact, the filmmakers cleverly leaked faked scripts as a diversion tactic. Honestly, not knowing the killer’s identity is like 85 per cent of the fun.
When Halloween rolls around, the stars of the film are less surprised by all the Ghostface costumes than the trick-or-treaters who knock on their door and see who answers. I bet they give really tasty snacks, too.