The origin of “Still Screaming”

Our friend John Valeri (aka Scream Franchise Examiner) is always offering something new. This time he has interviewed Ryan Turek, collaborator and director of Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective. We facilitate a snippet of the interview and a new image of the documentary: Parker Posey (Jennifer Jolie).

"How and when did the idea for STILL SCREAMING originate? What will your film offer that other projects haven't?

Around roughly April of last year, I was deep into production on the tentatively titled Unearthed: The Hellraiser Legacy with MasiMedia, and its producer Anthony Masi, when I brought up a possible writing and directing vehicle for myself, Still Screaming. I was only credited as writer on the Hellraiser documentary at the time, so I was looking for a project to just creatively throw 100% myself into as writer-director. Scream was a tremendous influence on me in film school and I've been a lifelong fan of horror, so I was super enthusiastic about the endeavor. Also, we were not only approaching the release of a fourth film and the first film's 15th anniversary, so the timing was perfect.

To answer the second part of the question, you've actually caught me in the editing phase so I'm really seeing this thing come together. What it offers is a definite sense of how the Hollywood machine works, I think, and you don't see too many of these retrospectives do that. Still Screaming really reflects the fragility of the film process and how some things could almost fall apart at any time. The first Scream faced a ton of behind-the-scenes hurdles and we pull back the curtain on that. So, while the viewers will get their fun anecdotes during production, this goes a bit deeper. Of course, the franchise went on to be a big hit, but there were growing pains, for sure."

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