This week, Hollywood lost one of its greatest creators of modern horror, Wes Craven, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 76. The opening scene of Scream — including the unexpected, gory death of the film’s biggest star— electrified audiences and critics, helping Scream to become one of the most talked-about and profitable films of 1996. Almost twenty years later, that brief scene of a teenage girl in peril is routinely discussed in film courses and referenced in other media – most recently, a tribute on MTV’s Scream television series. Here’s the inside story of how Scream’s iconic, nightmarish first scene came to be.
The original incarnation of the wildly popular Nightmare on Elm Street series ran for eight movies over three decades, from 1984 to 2003. It was a cultural phenomenon born from a partnership between two men: writer-director Wes Craven, who passed away Sunday at the age of 76, and his fiery star Robert Englund, who played the knife-gloved tormenter of teens, Freddy Krueger. In 2014, Yahoo Movies sat down with Englund for a lengthy chat about his work on the Nightmare films, which you can watch in two parts above and below.