Scream’s David Arquette recalls the moment he learned of Dewey’s fate in the film


Major SPOILERS are ahead for the latest Scream movie (which now comes with a Paramount+ subscription.)

More than ten years after Ghostface’s last killing spree, the masked killer has returned Scream, the fifth installment in the horror franchise and the first entry without the late Wes Craven at the helm. That popular slasher sequel saw the return of the original cast, including Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, alongside a host of new faces. But unfortunately not all of the iconic characters came from the recent past Scream intact.

In a surprising moment in the second half Scream, David Arquette’s Dewey Riley was murdered by Ghostface in a brutal murder involving two knives stabbed through his skin, one in the front and one in the back. Following the big moment that would cement Dewey’s departure from the franchise, Arquette shared the moment he learned his beloved character was dying:

I haven’t talked about it much. It’s a very fresh wound. They hadn’t given me any advance warning, so I thought [mimes thumbing through the script], ‘Wow, Dewey has some good stuff to play this time!’ And then: ‘Oh, that’s why!’ I had to put it away, I had to walk around and sort of process it. I understood where they came from in terms of gutting their audience. It was hard. It’s been such an ongoing movie series of my whole life, 25 years of my life, so it definitely cut deep.

Can you imagine? As the actor said RichWhen he first read the script in advance, he had no idea that he would see Dewey’s final moments on the page. At first he was really impressed with Dewey’s special role in the new film, but when he got to the fateful scene, he understood that the film was planning on releasing his character.

After 25 years in the role, it’s understandable that it would take the actor some time to digest the idea of ​​the character dying. Although he wasn’t particularly happy about it, he understood the place of the moment in the story and ultimately the scene becomes the fulcrum of the story end of the fifth Scream Movie. He also said the following about filming the scene:

That morning I got up, made myself some breakfast, and then I went to work and shot the scene. I didn’t know exactly what would happen. We spiced up the fight scene a bit because I’m a professional wrestler. We made it a little more intense. If you have a lot of action you get a little crushed, and if you have blood on you it just gets kind of sticky and uncomfortable the longer it goes on. So you have to come to a zen place so you don’t get angry. And I was still angry. So I just had to come to a real zen place, just breathe easy and know that this will be over soon. But it was emotional. I did, and I got in my car, drove home, washed off all the blood, and that was it. I packed a few things and then went on my way.

David Arquette was in every one Scream Movie made to date, with his first appearance in the 1996 film that started it all. Arquette once recalled nearly killed in the first film but thanks to Wes Craven, he decided to let the character survive. The films are particularly important to Arquette because that’s where he met Courtney Cox, with whom he dated, married, and had their daughter, Coco. That Scream The couple have since divorced, but it’s safe to say Arquette’s life would have been very different if he had never played Dewey Riley.

After the success of the latest Scream Movie, another sequel has already received the green light and is scheduled for release on March 31, 2023. In the meantime, however, you can check them all out Upcoming Horror Movies (as well as new movie releases in general) in the immediate future.


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