Scream 4 Press Conference Coverage: Anthony Anderson, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin
Undoubtedly, the original Scream movies remain one of the most influential modern franchises in the horror genre, and now that director Wes Craven has re-teamed with the ghoulishly demented Ghostface for another installment in the franchise, it only seems right that we get to know the new blood in Scream 4...
At least before a few of them end up on the pointy end of Ghostface’s knife when the movie hits theaters on April 15th.
Recently Dread Central caught up with Scream 4’s new cast members during their Los Angeles press day to find out how they felt coming on board one of the biggest horror franchises and how the rules have changed this time around in Scream 4.
Read on to hear more from the newest members of the Scream family, including Anthony Anderson, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin.
For Roberts, who portrays Sidney Prescott’s niece, Jill, who still lives in Woodsboro and in the shadow of what happened to her aunt some ten years back, the decision to come on to do Scream 4 was a quick one to make.
“I don’t know if I was necessarily intimidated to come into the franchise, but I was definitely excited to be a part of it. The only expectations I went into Scream 4 with were that I wanted the people to be cool, the script to be good and the movie to end up being great; and I definitely think all that happened with Scream 4,” Roberts added.
Panettiere, who is a bit of geek goddess herself due to her impressive performance as an indestructible cheerleader on the NBC series “Heroes”, felt the transition to doing horror was pretty easy based on her previous work.
“Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be in a Scream movie?” said Panettiere. “I was lucky enough to be on a show for four years that was sort of in this same genre world as horror since we did have some horror-type stuff on 'Heroes' every once in a while. So it’s very exciting for me to be a part of something this big again so early in my career. I am really lucky.”
“Plus, I love how long it’s been since the last film so Scream 4 is like a sequel but kind of a remake but also a combination of the two, which ultimately makes it its own stand-alone movie. It cleverly remembers where it comes from and grows along with the fans from the original but brings in a lot of new things for a brand new generation of fans, too,” Panettiere added.
Anderson was in a unique position when he signed on to Scream 4 since he was part of Scary Movie, the franchise of movies that spoofed the success and clichés of the original Scream trilogy. Anderson weighed in with his thoughts on being part of Craven’s latest genre effort. “Wes was really great at making us comfortable and encouraging all of us actors on a creative level to do things in scenes that may not have even been in the script, and that’s a dream gig for a lot of actors, but especially me. What’s funny is that there’d be a lot of times I’d show up on set and we wouldn’t be doing the scenes we thought we’d be doing, which can normally be nerve-wracking, but Wes always made the set a great place to be. There aren’t a lot of directors working today that are like that.”