The cast of 'Scream' on revisiting their iconic roles and honoring Wes Craven

Neve Campbell and David Arquette talk to Yahoo Entertainment about slipping back into their iconic characters for Scream, as well as honoring the director of Scream 1-4, Wes Craven.

Video Transcript

- Hello?

- It's happening. Three attacks so far. Do you have a gun?

- I'm Sidney Prescott. Of course I have a gun.

KEVIN POLOWY: Neve, I think you were initially resistant to returning as Sidney. What kind of reservations did you have?

NEVE CAMPBELL: I was just feeling hesitant about making this movie without Wes Craven, you know. I mean, he was the master of these movies. He's responsible for this incredible franchise and for why they are as good as they are. But Matt and Tyler had reached out to us prior to our deciding to make the movie and expressed that they are directors because of Wes Craven.

They made "Ready or Not" because of the "Scream" movies, and that they literally were tickled pink to be asked to direct this installment. "Ready or Not" was amazing, and I realized these are the guys for it, and I think they really want to honor Wes' legacy in the right way, so it felt worth it.

DAVID ARQUETTE: And this one-- surprisingly emotional, I must say.

KEVIN POLOWY: David, you and Courteney shared some emotional screen time together. How emotional was that to film, considering all you guys have been through together over the years?

DAVID ARQUETTE: Yeah, I mean, it also had a lot to do with the fact that Wes wasn't there, and he was in our heart. And the scene was written very emotional. But yeah, it was fun. I mean, when you act with people you've been doing a film series with for over 25 years, there's a lot of history there. And it's easy to sort of tap into those emotions.

KEVIN POLOWY: How easy or difficult was it to slip back into these characters all these years later?

NEVE CAMPBELL: Yeah, it's not difficult to find Sidney. [LAUGHS] Because we've been doing it for so long, you know. I know her physicality, I know her feeling, I know-- you know, I've grown up with her. And so it's honestly just great fun to step back in.

DAVID ARQUETTE: Yeah, I love playing Dewey. I always just think, you know, he just tries to be cool and he's not. So it's like that whole duality.

NEVE CAMPBELL: And this time around, Sidney's a mother, which is a nice-- it adds another element to her.

MARLEY SHELTON: I had such a great time playing Judy in "Scream 4." And I think once you create a character, it's in your hard drive. it's part of your body. It's in there, and you just have to sort of find it. And you're like, oh, yeah, there it is. So that part was fairly simple, but the cool and challenging part was all the things that have happened to Judy since we last left her.

She's-- you know, it's been several years, and she's now been promoted from Deputy to Sheriff. She also has a 16-year-old son. So that was the fun challenge of trying to, like, well, how would Judy, still being very much intrinsically Judy Hicks, like-- how would she incorporate these new things into her life?

KEVIN POLOWY: And of course, the legacy characters returning-- how special were those days on set when you had guys like Neve and David and Courteney there? I mean, as actors, do you feel a little extra push? Do you feel like you have to really bring it around them?

JACK QUAID: Look, yes, of course. I mean, it was intimidating, because they made this franchise what it is. Without them, we wouldn't have "Scream," you know. They just-- in those movies, they're just so good, and they're so iconic. And oh, god, I love them all so much.

But then, to have them get to set and just welcome us all was so incredible. Like, they just-- they didn't have to be as nice to us as they were, but they just made sure we all felt comfortable, and they gave us advice. And I don't know, just-- David, like, taught us how to paint, and Neve had us all over to like her beach house she was renting, and Courteney was inviting us out to dinners. And it was just this great environment that they fostered.

MELISSA BARRERA: But it was hard to relax around them. Like, when we were shooting, I was a nervous wreck when I had to stand in front of Courteney or Neve and act with them. I was like, I suck. I suck, like-- in my brain, I was just like, I suck, I suck, I suck, I suck. How do I stop sucking? And the thing about acting is that you kind of have to relax to be able to do it.


MELISSA BARRERA: And so for me, at the beginning, it was hard. And then, eventually, I relaxed, because they just became such quick friends.

JACK QUAID: Yeah. Watching Melissa and Courteney Cox become best friends was kind of my-- it was my own little sub-movie that I was watching while shooting, and what an arc!

JASMIN SAVOY BROWN: Oh, of course.


JASMIN SAVOY BROWN: I want to impress them, very much so.

MASON GOODING: That's right.

JASMIN SAVOY BROWN: And when they're there, you can't deny, oh, I'm in a "Scream" movie.

MASON GOODING: That's right.

JASMIN SAVOY BROWN: That's pretty cool.

MASON GOODING: They're all [INAUDIBLE]. Like, think about seeing Neve and Courteney and David across from you, even if it were in a coffee shop. You'd assume Ghostface was close behind.


MASON GOODING: So any time we were off set, I'd look for the cameras, just to make sure we weren't--

JASMIN SAVOY BROWN: Just to make--

MASON GOODING: --about to start rolling.

JASMIN SAVOY BROWN: You know, you're walking to your car at the end of the night. You're like, oh my gosh, is Ghostface coming? Ah!

MIKEY MADISON: I mean, I think, just as a whole, I really wanted them to be happy with our performances, and I think we were all really motivated to give 100% of ourselves. So just being around them, yeah, I think it reinvigorated me, and I could see how important the movies were in their lives and mine as well.

SONIA AMMAR: It felt pretty insane for me to be in their presence and kind of see them in their work. And I don't have much experience, so for me, I was pretty blown away. And just to be in their presence was an honor.

KEVIN POLOWY: I'd love to ask you guys both, just 'cause you're coming from different perspectives-- the first-time "Scream" star and a second- and a legacy "Scream" star. Is this the most brutal, like most gruesome "Scream" movie yet? Does this one take the crown?


DYLAN MINNETTE: I think so, too. Yeah.


DYLAN MINNETTE: I was actually, like, cringing seeing some of the stabs and kills in this. Like--

MARLEY SHELTON: Yeah, they really upped it a notch. [LAUGHS]


JASMIN SAVOY BROWN: I mean, some of those kills are brutal.

MASON GOODING: Tough. Yeah. My mother will probably watch through the cracks in her fingers.

NEVE CAMPBELL: It's another level.

DAVID ARQUETTE: It seems like it's going with sort of the times and what the horror fans--


DAVID ARQUETTE: --expect. Yeah.

- I've seen this movie before.

- Not this movie, Sidney.

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