Scream Directors Reveal Wes Craven’s Secret Recipe For Horror Success

Taking over an iconic franchise from director Wes Craven is no easy feat. With Scream, the fifth title in the series, though, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are giving it their all. The film features the returns of series stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, and also finds Kevin Williamson–who wrote 1, 2, and 4–stepping in as an executive producer. Those aren’t the only links to the franchise Craven built, though.

Speaking to GameSpot, Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett explained that they reached out to a number of people Craven worked with on the franchise. Yes, Williamson was instrumental to the making of the movie, as were the returning cast, but so were many others, including editor Patrick Lussier, who worked on the first three Scream films and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.

“I think a part of this process for us was building a portrait of Wes Craven,” Gillett explained. “We didn’t have the opportunity to meet him, so getting to know him and his taste and what influenced him and building this universe was really important to us moving forward. But Patrick told us that in the editing of the opening of the original Scream that Wes told him that the audience needed to feel like they were in the hands of a madman and that the movie was supposed to take that level of risk–that it was supposed to push the audience right to the edge of the cliff and then push them over.”

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