Originally Shout star Matthew Lillard recently explained what he believes is the problem with the original 1996 film. The original Shout is considered by many to be an abomination classic, especially in the slasher genre. It was directed by Wes Craven, a horror legend who directed the following three sequels. He also has the A nightmare on Elm Street Franchise in the 1980s.
Shout became iconic, not only because it was an incredibly entertaining thriller, but also for the way it refers to other horror films. The film portrays Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, a high school teenager who is chased by a killer named Ghostface, who himself is obsessed with scary movies. Shout is littered with references to other slasher films while also mocking the many clichés seen in the genre.
Along with Campbell in the film are Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Rose McGowan and Drew Barrymore. While Barrymore was included in the marketing for the film, she was only in the opening scene, probably the most memorable scene in the movie.
The film begins with Barrymore alone at home, preparing for a movie night. However, a mysterious phone call starts to spill over to her and it turns out to be the Ghostface killer. She and her boyfriend (Kevin Patrick Walls) are then killed by Ghostface and the mystery of the movie begins. Audiences were shocked at this opening, as Barrymore was a massive star at the time and no one expected her to be killed almost immediately.
Lillard says the opening is actually detrimental to Scream
However, Lillard believes that this opening is actually problematic. In an interview with Vulture, Lillard says the opening is “incredible”, but it makes the rest of Shout pale in comparison to the climax.
“This is not a perfect movie! … I think the opening sequence is incredible. It sets the tone for everyone else, and the middle of the movie kind of gets stuck. Then the final sequence, the last 20 minutes, is incredible. You earn so much street cred in those first 20 minutes that the rest of the movie, it kind of tanks! And then it screams to end strong. ”
The finale itself is also iconic. It contains a unique twist where it turns out that Ghostface were actually two killers. Ulrich’s Billy Loomis, who was initially Prescott’s boyfriend, wanted revenge on her after her mother had an affair with his father, causing a rift in their family. Lillard is just the eccentric best friend who decided to go along with it. The villains do get their only deserts, but Ghostface continued to plague the town of Woodsboro.
The Shout franchise stayed alive for almost 30 years. The fifth entry, Shout, is now in theaters with the same Ghostface but a new mystery.
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