In a recent 1996 interview about Scream, Matthew Lillard discusses his and Skeet Ulrich’s performances at the film’s climax.
In a recent interview reflecting on the 1996 original Scream Film, Matthew Lillard discusses his and Skeet Ulrich’s performances at the film’s climax. Lillard and Ulrich played horror-movie-obsessed killer teens Stu Macher and Billy Loomis in Wes Craven’s 1996 slasher film. The pair starred alongside Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Rose McGowan, Jamie Kennedy and Drew Barrymore.
After the shocking murders of Casey Becker (Barrymore) and Steve Orth (Kevin Pattrick Walls), the citizens of Woodsboro find themselves in the media frenzy as deaths and attacks escalate, resulting in lockdowns. When the movie ends, the town’s teens throw a party at Stu’s. When Ghostface storms the house, it’s revealed that Stu and Billy were the killers behind the mask the whole time (albeit in a toned down scene than originally planned). The couple went on a killing spree to get revenge on Sidney (Campbell) for her mother’s affair with Billy’s father, which tore his family apart. When their identities are revealed, the duo goes into a frenzy as they come close to completing their plan. Despite becoming an iconic moment for its twist and meta-commentary on the genre, one of the central stars feels the reveal scene and the behavior of the two killers may have gone too far.
Speak with vulture Alongside Ulrich, Lillard reflected on the original film and discussed how he felt about her performance in the climax. Lillard explained that he felt like he and Ulrich descended into scenery-chewing performances as the two characters shed their calmer facades while explaining their entire villainous plan to Sidney while threatening her with a gun and a knife and lines screeched like, “Guess how you will die!‘ He elaborated, saying that if he saw anyone doing a similar feat he would ask them to turn it down. Check out Lillard’s comments below:
“It is [us] completely lose your mind! I mean, this whole last sequence we’re on a 10 chewing scenery like nobody’s business. The idea of Wes Craven sitting behind the monitor and saying, This is great. We were crazy! If I ever saw someone do that on a set, I’d say, “Dude, take that 58 percent down.”
Despite his reflections, Lillard has fond memories of his role and jokingly appeals to Stu’s return to the franchise. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, Lillard and Ulrich came together in an interview to discuss their character’s fate, with Lillard insisting Stu survived when he died in the 1996 film was crushed under a TV, prompting fans to plead for its return. Although unknown to audiences at the time, both Lillard and Ulrich would return in some form for the latest entry in the franchise. Scream (2022). Ulrich returned as the ghostly apparition of Billy seen by secret daughter Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera), while Lillard had a cameo as the flamethrower-wielding Ghostface Killer seen in the in-universe trailer “Stitch 8” Movie.
While Lillard and Ulrich’s performances are over the top, it’s hard to imagine Scream without their frenzied deliveries. After the film did its best to hide its real killer, Stu and Billy’s behavior stands in stark contrast to what audiences had seen up until the climax, and reveals the true depths of their villainy. Not only is it entertaining and unforgettable to see both actors giving their all, but it also inspired fans to watch the film over and over again to find out where their true selves were shown and which killer committed which murder.
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