Sun. Oct 17th, 2021

David Arquette reveals how he honored late horror icon Wes Craven on set of the upcoming Scream movie


Scream returns to the big screen, with a new trailer for the upcoming slasher sequel teasing what’s in store for the franchise’s fifth installment.

Original cast Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette all return to Woodsboro, but it will be a bittersweet homecoming without the director of the first four films, Wes Craven, who died of a brain tumor in 2015.

50-year-old Arquette, who repeats his role as Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley in the latest film, has revealed how he tried to honor the late horror maestro on set.

Memories: David Arquette, who repeats his role as Dwight 'Dewey' Riley in the latest Scream movie, has revealed how he tried to honor late horror maestro Wes Craven on set

Memories: David Arquette, who repeats his role as Dwight ‘Dewey’ Riley in the latest Scream movie, has revealed how he tried to honor late horror maestro Wes Craven on set

‘I do a lot of things like listen to music that was popular during the first movie, just relive the memories and think a lot about Wes,’ he told 9Honey.

‘I do not know if people are religious, but I kind of pray a prayer for him and I feel his spirit around … What I mean is like I pray a prayer and I have him in my heart. ‘

The fifth Scream movie, just called Scream, will see the masked killer Ghostface come back again to terrorize a new group of teenagers.

Tribute: 'I do a lot of things like listen to music that was popular during the first movie, just relive the memories and think a lot about Wes,' Arquette, 50, told 9Honey

Tribute: ‘I do a lot of things like listen to music that was popular during the first movie, just relive the memories and think a lot about Wes,’ Arquette, 50, told 9Honey

The story continues: The fifth Scream movie, just called Scream, will see the masked killer Ghostface come back again to terrorize a new group of teenagers

The story continues: The fifth Scream movie, just called Scream, will see the masked killer Ghostface come back again to terrorize a new group of teenagers

Arquette returns as Dewey Riley, the city sheriff in the city and a role he has played since the original Scream in 1996.

He said he was more than excited to repeat the role, describing Dewey as a ‘sweet character’ and one he ‘loves’ to play.

‘There are not many films you make that last 24 years,’ he added. ‘It really is an incredible opportunity to be able to play a character for so long to see the growth.’

Iconic: Arquette returns as Dewey Riley, the city sheriff in the city and a role he has played since the original Scream in 1996. Pictured with Courteney Cox in Scream

Iconic: Arquette returns as Dewey Riley, the city sheriff in the city and a role he has played since the original Scream in 1996. Pictured with Courteney Cox in Scream

Arquette stressed the importance of Dewey’s role, noting that it was his breakthrough role and allowing him to form a close bond with Craven – who also directed horror classics A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Hills Have Eyes.

‘For me, who plays the role and how much of an impression Wes Craven made on my life, it really has a much greater weight and greater significance for me than just a one-off film,’ he said.

Scream (2022) is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who both helped the well-received horror film 2019 Ready or Not.

Arquette says the two directors have carried on Craven’s legacy and ‘made him’ fair ‘in the latest film of the slasher franchise.

Scream lands in Australian cinemas on 13 January 2022.

Tribute: Arquette said the two directors of the new Scream film, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, have continued Wes Craven's (left) legacy and made him 'fair'.  The picture in 2010

Tribute: Arquette said the two directors of the new Scream film, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, have continued Wes Craven’s (left) legacy and made him ‘fair’. The picture in 2010

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