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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
For scream fans, this is the ultimate, quintessential go-to for every
bit (and then some) of information available about the franchise. Even
bits and pieces about the highly anticipated Scream 4, set for 2011,
are interspersed throughout. The show begins with the genesis of the
project, how the script was conceived (exceedingly interesting), the
trouble finding a buyer and then a major player to produce, and most
importantly, trouble finding a director. If you can believe it, Wes
Craven passed several times before signing on. Imagine old Ollie Stone
making this movie!! We then move to location scouting and some odd
facts about one possible school location, and other cool stuff about
homes where they shot scenes in proximity to other famous houses.
We then get into the intricacies of casting, who they had in mind for what parts (even a surprise bit of info about Drew Barrymore's part). All of the characters are here, giving their points of view - everyone from Lillard to Campbell to the Arquetter-Cox's. And the information they give is insightful and interesting.
We end with a surprise - how arduous the third act of the movie was to make. Again, lots of juicy bits of inside stuff. And we end with little teasers about Scream 4.
MY FAVORITE PART: They interviewed Roger Jackson, the voice actor who played (and played well, I might add) the creepy voice (Hello Sidney!). If you watch the credits closely, i see no credit for the narrator of this program, and I'd bet my house and paycheck that the narrator is no less than Jackson himself. Listen closely: their voices are SO similar - and take into consideration that in the movies they computer-altered his voice. Let me know what YOU think with some follow up comments! All-in-all a must see for "Screamers"!
Scream: The Inside Story (2011)
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Nice, detailed look at the making of Wes Craven's SCREAM features interview with the director himself as well as writer Kevin Williamson and actors Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Robert Englund, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan, Bob Weinstein, Skeet Ulrich and Eli Roth. The documentary goes into great detail the various pre-production issues that happened with the film including how Craven kept turning the project down while others like George Romero did the same. There's also a great deal talked about how Drew Barrymore signed up to play the lead only to then change her mind weeks before shooting. Stuff like the casting is discussed in detail as well as the eventual controversy including a local school refusing them permission to shoot there. There's also quite a bit of talk about the film getting an NC-17 rating and how they eventually got an R-rating. If you're a fan of the film then pretty much anything you want to know is going to be answered here. The cast and crew are very open about where they were in their careers at this time and what impact this movie had on them. Craven is always great to listen to and once again he shares some great stories and well as his thoughts about the film once it became a hit. Those wanting to hear about the sequels will probably be disappointed because the only one really mentioned is part four and this was due to this documentary coming up just shortly before that film was released theatrically. The documentary certainly gives the film all the credit for it changing horror history but it does fail to mention a few earlier films that used the laughs and the terror.
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