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Scream 4 opened in theaters yesterday, more than ten years after the release of the last installment. Horror icon Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) has helmed each film in the successful franchise, which has grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide. “They’re very unusual,” says Craven of the series’ appeal. “It’s hardly ever mentioned but they’re murder mysteries and really very clever ones. And they’re also soap operas. And just the shock of killing off Drew Barrymore. It was unusual and quite vicious. I think it was unprecedented.” EW talked to Craven about his memories of the original film, Scream 4′s script drama, and whether he’d be interested in doing a Scream 5.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What do you remember from reading the original Scream script?
WES CRAVEN: I was blown away by it. It scared me in a way. My first impulse was, “Don’t go there again. You don’t want to go there again into this darkness.” I was at an autograph signing convention and this little kid came up to me after I signed and he said, “Sir, the movies you’ve been making are too soft. You need to make a kick-ass movie again, like Last House on the Left.” And then off he went. I literally went back and called Bob and said, “I’ll do it.”
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