%photo11% It's been 10 years since the Ghostface killer terrorized movie houses, but he's back next April in "Scream 4." And in a refreshing change from the remakes and reboots of horror franchises we've seen lately, this new chapter reunites stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with the director and writer of the original "Scream," to continue the series while also giving it some fresh blood.
Take a look at the exclusive premiere of the trailer for "Scream 4," then keep reading to see what has changed for series stars Campbell, Cox and Arquette since the first movie scared moviegoers stiff in 1996. (Viewer discretion advised: contains violent content)
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%photo1% NEVE CAMPBELL
When she was cast as spunky heroine Sidney Prescott in "Scream," Campbell was best known for playing the older sister on TV's "Party of Five." That series ended in 2000, the same year "Scream 3" was released. She reportedly turned down the lead role in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" to focus on independent films, earning critical acclaim for dramatic roles in the movies "Panic," "The Company" and "When Will I Be Loved." She moved to London with her husband, British actor John Light, and in 2006 made her stage debut in a play directed by Robert Altman. Since then, she's worked on TV, including a lead role in the short-lived "The Philanthropist" and lending her voice to an episode of "The Simpsons."
%photo2% COURTENEY COX
"Friends" was already one of the top 10 shows on TV when the first "Scream" came out, and it was still one of the most-watched series when it ended its run in 2004. After that, Cox appeared in a few movies, including two with Adam Sandler: "The Longest Yard" and "Bedtime Stories." She was the first choice to play the role of Susan on "Desperate Housewives," but she was pregnant at the time and couldn't accept it. She went against type as a win-at-all-cost tabloid journalist when she returned to TV in the series "Dirt," and she now headlines another hit network comedy, ABC's "Cougar Town." Cox married her costar David Arquette in 1999, and they had a daughter in 2004. Earlier this month they announced they are separating.
%photo3% DAVID ARQUETTE
Arquette's character, Deputy Dewey Riley, was originally scripted to die at the end of the first "Scream." But they shot an alternate ending of him being wheeled out on a stretcher, and when test audiences said they loved the character, his life was spared. After the third movie, Arquette alternated between broad comedies like "See Spot Run" and dramatic movies like "The Grey Zone." To promote his wrestling flick "Ready to Rumble," he was crowned the World Heavyweight Champion of the WCW federation. He also produced television shows with Cox, and they have said that they will continue their professional relationship even though they have separated.
Also returning for "Scream 4" is writer Kevin Williamson, who wrote the first two movies. Also the creator of "Dawson's Creek," Williamson recently married his love of the soapy and the spooky with his new hit show "The Vampire Diaries." And director Wes Craven is also back for the fourth time. He stepped away from horror flicks for a while to do the thriller "Red Eye" and a segment of the anthology film "Paris, je t'aime." But now he's back terrorizing teenagers with the current release "My Soul to Take."
Joining the returning veterans in "Scream 4" is a big cast of new stars. Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Adam Brody, Anthony Anderson, Marley Shelton, Rory Culkin, and Alison Brie all play roles in the fourth chapter. Plus, Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell appear in what's rumored to be this installment's version of the shocking opening scene that's a trademark of the "Scream" series.
"Scream 4" will slash its way onto movie screens on April 15, 2011.
- David Arquette
- Neve Campbell