|By Terry Richards|
IT HAD TO HAPPEN. Scream
was a low(ish)-budget horror movie that stepped into the mainstream
while simultaneously becoming a cult hit around the world. It tied
comedy and horror leaving audiences laughing out loud one moment and
absolutely terrified the next. And it had to have a sequel. Now, in Scream
2, two years have passed since the tragic events at the small town
of Woodsboro where Sidney Prescott, played by Neve (pronounced Nev)
Campbell had to face the killers who were so fond of their horror movies
that they acted out murders based upon their own bizarre rules of horror
movies. Now shes trying to get on with her life as a college
student. Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) has written a best-seller, The
Woodsboro Murders, which has been turned into a film called Stab.
Terrifyingly, as the film opens, murders begin again. A masked killer is
out to kill everyone connected to the original murders and, once again,
Scream 2 keeps you guessing about who the murderer or murderers
could be. Its edge-of-the-seat stuff, theres death in
abundance but Scream 2 carries on the tradition of marrying
comedy with horror the audience screams with laughter then
screams in terror as a new Ghostface, the killer in the
Munch painting-inspired mask, mercilessly hunts down his (or her) prey.
Neve Campbell, who is a household name in the US with the TV series Party of Five was surprised by the films original success. You always hope if you have a good time on a film, she says, and you feel positive about it, you hope that the audience is going to respond to it in the same way. Neve is aware how fickle the cinema-going public can be. It completely depends on what the audiences are ready for that week, what they are in the mood for. You know, you could make a fantastic film and it can never be seen because it doesnt do well on the first weekend. It was overwhelming and wonderful and I couldnt ask for any more success than that.
Courteney Cox, who almost everyone in the western world knows as Monica from the TV sitcom Friends is staggered by the original films success and the fact that months after the films release still played packed-out theatres. Its crazy, isnt it? she laughs. When it first came out it didnt do well at all. My family went to see it and they said Well, we liked it but there was no one in the theatre!
But, then, in about week three or four, it started taking off. I knew this was going to be a word of mouth movie that was going to take off because it was just too good. Id seen a lot of the footage while we were making it. Its just too good. Its too different. Its too funny. I think that has a lot to do with it the humour.
|Read the full interview in the May issue of Film Review|
|"I knew this was going to be a word of mouth movie that was going to take off because it was just too good"|