Scream star Neve Campbell reveals newcomer Melissa Barrera cried after her first scene with her and Courteney Cox. After spending just over ten years away from the big screen, the iconic slasher franchise is set to return to movie theaters in one week. Scream, named after the original 1996 film, will be the first installment to not be helmed by the late Wes Craven; this time Ready or Not filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet are stepping up to the plate. Fans of the previous movies don’t have to worry too much, though, as the franchise’s original trio has returned for the new installment.
Once again bringing the action back to the tragedy-prone town of Woodsboro, Scream finds another Ghostface killer preying on a new generation of victims. With another string of murders starting up, Dewey Riley (David Arquette) calls up Sidney Prescott (Campbell) to bring her home in the hopes she can help put an end to Ghostface’s reign of terror. With Gale Weathers (Cox) also joining the fray, Scream promises to be the ultimate mix of old and new, with the latter camp being made up of franchise newcomers like Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega, Mason Gooding, and Barrera.
For Barrera, filming the new Scream alongside the franchise’s original stars was a surreal experience. Earlier this week, Arquette and Campbell stopped by Good Morning America to promote the new film, and Campbell shared a sweet story about how Barrera got emotional during one of her scenes. It was one she shot with both Cox and Campbell, and it meant a great deal to her. Campbell said:
Yeah, it was a really sweet moment. Melissa, who’s one of the main characters in this film, she had her first scene with Courteney and I, and we started the scene, and they said cut, and she had tears in her eyes! She started crying. And I was like, “What are you – are you okay?” And she was just so excited to work with Courteney and I, and to be a part of the film, that she couldn’t comprehend it. And it was just – yeah, it was adorable. It was really great.
With the Scream franchise being well over 10 years old, it stands to reason that many of the new stars will recall watching the original films as they grew up. To now suddenly be sharing scenes with those who started it all has to be an impactful experience, and it’s clear that at least in Barrera’s case, the special moment was not lost her. Barrera plays Sam Carpenter, one of Scream‘s many potential victims – and potential Ghostfaces. Trailers have seemingly positioned her as a new kind of Sidney, but that could very well be a ruse. If the marketing for Scream has made anything clear, it’s that everyone is a suspect.
Murder and mystery aside, the new movie should be a special experience for anyone who has an emotional attachment to the franchise. The promise of seeing Scream‘s legacy stars back together again is exciting, but the movie also has some meaningful ties to the franchise’s origins. From new characters who are related to past characters (such as Randy Meeks’ niece and nephew) to a return to Stu’s house, Scream is operating as an homage to what came before, and that’s an exciting thing.
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Source: Good Morning America
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