The original “Scream” director, Wes Craven, is nothing short of a genius. Between “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” and “Scream,” the writer and director loved deconstructing the horror genre with dozens of Easter eggs, parodies galore, and more than a few meta moments. It’s totally like a Wes Carpenter movie, isn’t it?
The cast of “Scream” was relatively young in 1996, and the project marked the first big movie for many of them. During an exclusive interview with Looper, Neve Campbell said of her former director and friend, “Wes was a master. He was the best in this genre. Well, in other genres too, but just a talent. phenomenal and amazing energy and father figure for us. And really changed our lives in the most wonderful and fun way to work. So we miss him, and we missed him so much on this film. We felt his absence, but we certainly felt his presence too.
Beyond Campbell citing “Scream” (2022) directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett as “superfans” of Wes Craven, the film is clearly a love letter to fans and to Craven himself. same. In another exclusive Looper interview, “Scream” actress Melissa Barrera described how often Campbell would offer her thoughts on how she thought Craven would do things throughout filming. In addition to the directors dedicating the film to Craven, Dylan Minnette’s character Wes even bears the director’s name. Indeed, Craven would no doubt appreciate his namesake being one of the first characters to bite the dust. This one’s for you, Wes.