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Warning: The following Q&A contains spoilers for Scream’s Season 1 finale. Read at your own risk.
Whether or not you had guessed the identity of Scream‘s masked killer before Tuesday’s season finale, chances are you were surprised by something that went down during the eventful hour.
Audrey’s unexpected correspondence with podcaster-turned-murderer Piper? The fact that Kieran had nothing to do with the Lakewood killing spree? That supremely gross death scene featuring Sheriff Hudson’s intestines? Regardless of which finale moment shocked you most, we think you’ll appreciate the insight provided by executive producer Jill Blotevogel, »
Warning: The following Q&A contains spoilers from Scream‘s Season 1 finale. Read at your own risk.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from Scream‘s first season: Don’t go swimming alone at night. (Rip Nina!) Don’t bring Mike & Ikes to a movie night with your ex-boyfriend. (Rip Will!) Make sure there aren’t any cameras around when you have sex for the first time. (Rip Emma’s dignity!)
But the most important takeaway? Don’t. Trust. The podcaster.
That’s right: After nine weeks of grisly Lakewood murders and countless red herrings, murder-mystery junkie »
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Scream season one finale.] Scream’s latest killer has been unmasked. Much to the shock of all the characters, true crime podcaster Piper Shaw (Amelia Rose Blaire) was the one terrorizing Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) and the town of Lakewood… because they were half-sisters. Piper was the mysterious child of Brandon James and Daisy, and she wanted revenge for her father’s death. So not only was Piper the Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) of the show, she was also the Ghostface. The first season finale of MTV’s TV series based on Wes Craven’s horror
- Sydney Bucksbaum
It's been a hard week for horror fans. Wes Craven was an absolute genius when it came to the horror movie (and TV) genre, and news of his death on Sunday hit a lot of people incredibly hard. His death was particularly felt on the set of MTV's Scream, on which Craven was an executive producer. The horror series is based on the Scream movies, which were all directed by Craven. In tonight's first season finale, Scream took a moment to honor the late director before finally revealing the killer. Even the quick tribute at the start of the episode was suitably horror-movie themed. Watch below! We have to admit, this is the first time those musical notes have driven »
'Music of the Heart' cast: Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works solely as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of filmmaker from whom one would expect a syrupy motion picture about a determined violin teacher who wins the hearts and minds of her inner-city school students. Yet Craven is the man responsible for Music of the Heart, a film utterly devoid of slashed faces, lethal stabbings, and deadly fingernails. Instead, this distaff version of Mr. Holland's Opus – with touches of To Sir with Love – offers loads of sentiment, some classical music (violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves), plenty of bad pop tunes, and a superb performance by Meryl Streep as »
- Andre Soares
“Scream,” the MTV television adaptation of the slasher-horror film series will conclude its 10-episode first season tonight, two days after the death of the movies’ original director, Wes Craven. “He, Kevin Williamson and Bob Weinstein had really shaped these amazing series of movies that people say really rejuvenated the horror genre at a time when it had become very stagnant,” showrunner Jill Blotevogel told TheWrap. “His experience was invaluable in creating the pilot for this show, and in life.” A tribute to the show’s late executive producer will air during tonight’s finale. Also Read: How Wes Craven Turned Me. »
- Reid Nakamura
The death of Wes Craven has, unsurprisingly, seen fans and former collaborators coming out with glowing tributes to the creator of Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes and A Nightmare On Elm Street. One recurring point has been to praise how Craven loved being perceived as a “Master of Horror”.
With the exception of 1999’s Music Of The Heart, Craven continued working almost entirely within the genre where he made his name; content for four decades in being known simply for scaring people silly.
Craven enjoyed his reputation as a purveyor of the dark and disturbing and, equally, enjoyed sending it up. The result of this was a side career that involved knowing cameos both in his own films and those of others – jokey fan pleasing appearances that will help ensure he remains a recognisable horror icon as much as those he created.
In memory of »
- Jack Gann
Returning in Tremors 5: Bloodlines are the subterranean sandworms known as Graboids and Burt Gummer, the gun-wielding survivalist who seeks to stop them. Tremors 5: Bloodlines will come out on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on October 6th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, but you can watch the film's opening scene right now.
"A deadly threat resurfaces halfway around the world when giant, man-eating worms attack a South African wildlife park in the sci-fi comedy, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 6, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits,”) returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features; extended scenes and outtakes, »
- Derek Anderson
Most Likely to Die, 2015
Directed by Anthony Diblasi
A group of former classmates gather for a pre-party at one of their homes the night before their 10-year high school reunion, and one by one, they are brutally slain in a manner befitting each’s senior yearbook superlative.
After the release of Wes Craven’s Scream in 1996, the slasher genre (which was effectively dead by the mid-80s) received a resurgence and many imitators came to our screens like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cherry Falls and Urban Legend. During this time, screenwriter Laura Brennan wrote a screenplay called Most Likely to Die, which remained undeveloped as the subgenre once again died out. Now, nearly 20 years later, it’s been brought to us by Missionary director Anthony Diblasi, »
- Luke Owen
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- Ben Child
Wes Craven directed a total of 25 feature-length films over the course of his career. While not all of them were up to the level of "Scream" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," as Drew stated during our recent talk about the horror master, a bit of his personal stamp shone through in every movie he made. If pressed to name my favorite Craven film, I'd probably have to say "A Nightmare on Elm Street," which features a kick-ass premise, the absolute best so-called "Final Girl" (Heather Langenkamp's Nancy) in any of the slashers of that era and a thoughtful intelligence that belies the much-maligned genre it's so often categorized within. So what's your favorite of Craven's films? Do you prefer the gritty, disturbing "Last House on the Left"? The Val Lewton throwback "The Serpent and the Rainbow"? Or are you more enamored with the meta stylings of "Scream"? Vote for your No. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Many were deeply saddened to hear of iconic horror director Wes Craven’s passing yesterday. Each of us here at Hitfix has our own connection with his work, or in one case, with him personally. When I was growing up, my friends and I were rabid horror lovers. We’d spend our nights and weekends consuming every chiller we could sneak into our parent’s darkened living rooms. So of course Wes Craven’s work was to be revered as far as we were concerned. I imagine that many of us will be looking back on Craven’s films in the coming days and weeks. I know that I’ve already got several queued up. When I think about the ideal way to celebrate his legacy, or introduce the uninitiated, a very specific three-part marathon springs to mind. Now, this isn't to say that these are Craven's three best or even scariest films, »
- Roth Cornet
Sad news rocked the horror world yesterday when it was reported that Wes Craven had passed away at the age of 76. The news came as a shock to both friends and fans, as a lot of people didn't know the beloved filmmaker was battling brain cancer. The director is best known for directing the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which gave Freddy Krueger to the world. But it was his film Scream that rejuvenated the waining horror genre back in the 90s, breathing new life into what some felt was a bygone era. Now, some of the stars of that original franchise starter have paid tribute to the maestro, along with news that the movie's small screen incarnation also has something special planned for later in the week.
Craven passed away at the age of 76 over the weekend following a long battle with brain cancer.
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"My friend Wes has left us too soon. He was truly an Old School director. I had a great time directing him. I'm Really gonna miss him," Carpenter wrote on his Facebook account.
MTV is also paying tribute to the filmmaker during its television spinoff of Scream tomorrow (September 1).
“Everyone on the show is kind of stunned,” executive producer Jill Blotevogel tells TVLine. “We were sucker-punched, and I know the world feels the same way, because he didn’t make his health issues public. I’m still a little sad.”
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Craven, who directed all four Scream movies, also served as an executive producer on the small-screen adaptation. Blotevogel confirmed that MTV will pay tribute to Craven »
I was 12 years old when I saw Wes Craven‘s “Scream” on its opening day of Dec. 20, 1996 and it literally changed my life. As a budding young gorehound, I loved slasher movies (especially whodunits) and “Scream” looked tailor-made for the reference-savvy VHS generation. So while most of my middle school classmates were seeing “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” or catching up with “101 Dalmations,” I was going to the movies alone again in search of the next genre classic. Two hours and a box of Sour Patch Kids later, I knew I had seen the future of horror, »
- Jeff Sneider
As head of Dimension Films, Bob Weinstein had to convince Wes Craven to direct Kevin Williamson's meta-horror screenplay, originally called 'Scary Movie,' which was released in 1996 as Scream. The movie, which grossed $173 million worldwide, gave birth to three sequels and a series on MTV. Looking back, Weinstein remembers Craven, whose name became synonymous with smart horror movies, as "a student of the art of that genre." I had never met Wes. I knew him from movies only, but I was a big fan of The Last House Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street scared the hell
- Bob Weinstein
Yesterday was a tragic day for horror fans around the world, as we reported the unfortunate news of Wes Craven passing at the age of 76 in his Los Angeles home. Wes Craven left an indelible mark on the horror movie genre almost immediately with his first feature film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and his influence will be felt for years to come, in the filmmakers that follow and carry on his legacy. As we continue to mourn the loss of this legend, we're revisiting his best work with nine of his best films.
Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family, although his father died when he was just five years old. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. »
Saturday Night Live‘s opening credits will look just a tad different in Season 41.
Stand-up comedian Jon Rudnitsky has been added as a featured player for the sketch series’ upcoming year, NBC announced Monday.
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Wes Craven made a comic book movie (“Swamp Thing”) before comic book movies were cool, brazenly transformed an Ingmar Bergman scenario into a vicious grindhouse classic (“The Last House on the Left”), and put Meryl Streep through her paces as she gave violin lessons to inner-city kids — and made an enthusiastic if unsuccessful bid for another Oscar — in “Music of the Heart.”
But the cult-fave filmmaker, who died Sunday at 76, earned his place in the movie history books and a warm spot in the hearts of genre aficionados everywhere with two seminal, sequel-spawning masterworks: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), the dream-logical, high-voltage shocker that established the fire-scarred, razor-fingered Freddy Krueger as a horror-movie icon; and “Scream” (1996), the seriocomic smash hit, scripted by Kevin Williamson, that impudently played fast and loose with the cliches and conventions of slasher pics like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” (and, yes, “A Nightmare on Elm Street »
- Joe Leydon
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