A decade has passed since the last release of a “Scream” film, and with the newest installment comes a new batch of players in the Ghostface Killer’s game. “Scream 4” boasts an impressive cast of newcomers, many of whom have opened up about their ties to the original three films.
]]>Zap2it has spoken with several members of the cast over the past month, including Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Shenae Grimes, Nico Tortorella and more. As members of young Hollywood, many of them were not old enough to see the films upon their actual release. Though some, we found out, have been exposed to the series ever since the beginning. “Yeah I saw the first one when I was 8 years old,” Rory Culkin says. “I was scarred for a little while and then after I got this part I went back and watched all three. Pretty solid. I mean not really dated, but it says a lot about it’s time.” “I was too young to ever see it when it came out in theaters,” Roberts explains. “But it was one of those movies that I saw when I was a teenager… I remember thinking it was probably the scariest just because out of all the horror movies of my generation, I think this is the most real. You know, it’s the most plausible and that’s why it’s so freaky. When a phone rings you’re kind of freaked out and when you see those big glass windows, you know what I’m talking about, it’s scary!” “I was a big fan of [Scream]. It’s got that ‘Halloween’ aspect with the masked person, but at the same time, it’s got that very realistic aspect of the fear of somebody breaking into your house,” Panettiere echoes. “And that’s a terrifying thing.” The “Remember the Titans” actress was just 7-years-old at the time of the first film, so she also waited until later in life to experience the films. Not Aimee Teegarden, though. “My grandma was actually a big horror fan, so she kind of introduced me to all the original classics like ‘Scream’ and that sort of thing,” the “Friday Night Lights” star says, adding that she was just 8-years-old when she first watched it. “I was a huge horror buff when I was younger and I love like, the original ones. I love ‘Halloween’ and ‘Scream,’ that really like, suspenseful thriller,” adds Shenae Grimes. Possibly one of the most interesting addition to the cast is Anthony Anderson, who has also appeared in the satire franchise, “Scary Movie.” “I grew up watching this franchise and… I actually spoofed this movie,” he says. “Now I am a part of the franchise that I spoofed. So I think there will be a ‘Scary Movie 5’ that I will be a part of now.” “This franchise itself is fun to be a part of and to watch growing up,” he adds. “The way that Wes Craven tells his stories and intertwines the horror with humor — I think that’s really what separates this franchise of horror films from the others.” “Make It or Break It’s” Nico Tortorella tells us that he actually hadn’t seen the original films until after his first audition — which turned out to be a very interesting piece of our conversation. Click here to read more from our interview with Tortorella, including how he resurrected Billy Loomis for his audition. The film opens nationwide Friday (April 15), but if you’re really die-hard like us, be sure to find a midnight screening tonight at your local theater. Beware of the masks, though! We don’t want to hear about any “Scream 2” reenactments.