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The Stars of the Horror Classic, 20 Years Later
Wes Craven’s influential slasher film Scream turns 20 this year, and we’ll be commemorating its two decades with a celebration at EW PopFest. Creator Kevin Williamson and other special guests from the movie will join us this weekend in downtown Los Angeles to pay tribute to Craven with a screening of the subversive horror film. In honor of 20 years of Scream, catch up with the cast members then and now before our Halloween weekend anniversary celebration. For more details about EW PopFest, check out the schedule and purchase tickets here.
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Neve Campbell was already a TV star from her role on Party of Five and had racked up a handful of other film and TV credits, including the movie The Craft earlier in 1996, when she starred in Scream as Sidney Prescott. Since then, she has appeared in such movies as 2000’s Panic and Robert Altman’s 2003 ballet drama The Company, in addition to all three Scream sequels. She has made appearances on such TV series as Medium, Grey’s Anatomy, and Mad Men, and had a major role in the fourth season of House of Cards earlier this year.
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Courteney Cox was two seasons into Friends when she starred in Scream as Gale Weathers. Since then, she played Monica Geller for eight more seasons of the beloved sitcom and returned as Gale in the three Scream sequels. She has appeared in over a dozen other movies, including 2005’s The Longest Yard, and most notably starred in six seasons of the sitcom Cougar Town. Cox made her feature directorial debut with 2014’s Just Before I Go.
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David Arquette had a number of credits under his belt, including 1992’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie and 1995’s Wild Bill, when he played Deputy Dewey Riley. Since then, he has reprised his role in all three Scream sequels and picked up dozens more credits, in films including 1999’s Never Been Kissed and Courteney Cox’s directorial debut Just Before I Go in 2014. His TV credits include roles on In Case of Emergency and Pushing Daisies as well as appearances on Medium and Cougar Town, among others. After appearing in the wrestling movie Ready to Rumble in 2000, he competed in World Championship Wrestling, and became a one-time World Champion as part of a WCW storyline.
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Drew Barrymore was the Scream cast’s biggest box-office draw upon its release — which made it all the more shocking when her character, Casey Becker, was killed off at the very beginning. Barrymore first became famous when she starred in 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as a child. As an adult, her pre-Scream credits included 1992’s Poison Ivy, 1995’s Boys on the Side, and 1995’s Batman Forever. After she played Casey, she did a string of rom-coms, such as 1998’s The Wedding Singer and 1999’s Never Been Kissed, as well as starring in 1998’s girl-powered Cinderella story Ever After and 2000’s Charlie’s Angels. In the late ‘90s, she also launched Flower Films, through which she has produced many of her films. More recently, Barrymore starred in a 2009 TV movie adaptation of Grey Gardens; 2014’s Blended, which reunited her with frequent co-star Adam Sandler; and 2015’s Miss You Already.
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Skeet Ulrich played Sidney’s boyfriend Billy soon after he appeared in The Craft along with Campbell. Since then, he has landed roles in films including 1997’s As Good as It Gets and starred in 2000’s Takedown. He has been especially prolific on the small screen, starring in 2003’s short-lived but much-loved drama Miracles, playing Jake Green in Jericho and Detective Rex Winters on Law & Order: L.A., and doing voice roles on Robot Chicken.
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Matthew Lillard had a handful of film credits to his name when he was cast as Stu Macher in Scream, including 1995’s Hackers. Since playing Stu, he is best known for his portrayal of Shaggy Rogers in the Scooby Doo franchise; he first played Scooby’s cowardly hippie pal in the 2002 live-action film Scooby Doo, reprised the role in the 2004 sequel, and took on the voice part in Scooby cartoons and animated films beginning in 2010. His other post-Scream film roles include 1998’s SLC Punk!, 1999's She's All That, 2011’s The Descendants, and 2014’s Match. On television, he has recently had roles on The Bridge, Bosch, and Halt and Catch Fire, among other series.
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Scream marked Rose McGowan's fourth film appearance, and she’s been busy ever since. She is most famous for playing Paige Matthews in the last five seasons of Charmed from 2001–2006, and has appeared on Once Upon a Time and Chosen. After she played Tatum Riley in Scream, McGowan went on to have roles in such films as 1999’s Jawbreaker, 2006’s The Black Dahlia, 2007’s Quentin Tarantino–Robert Rodriguez co-directorial effort Grindhouse, and 2008’s Fifty Dead Men Walking. She made her directorial debut in 2014, with a short film, Dawn, that premiered at Sundance. She is also well known as an outspoken feminist and advocate for gender equality in the film industry, having repeatedly called out Hollywood sexism in the form of tweets, essays, and open letters.
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Though he appeared in indies The Daytrippers, Walking and Talking, and Big Night all earlier in 1996, Liev Schreiber got his breakout role when he appeared in Scream as Cotton Weary. His many film credits since then include the first two Scream sequels as well as such literary fare as 2000’s Hamlet, 2006’s The Painted Veil, and 2007’s Love in the Time of Cholera; genre flicks including 2006’s The Omen, 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and 2010’s Repo Men; and prestige pictures like Lee Daniels’ The Butler in 2013 and last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, Spotlight. He has made a handful of appearances on TV shows, but most notably stars as the title character in Ray Donovan.
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Jamie Kennedy had only a few television appearances and a small role in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet to his name when he was cast in Scream as Randy Meeks. He would reprise the role in the first two Scream sequels and collect dozens more acting credits in the ensuing two decades, including roles in 1999’s Bowfinger, 1999’s Three Kings, 2005’s Son of the Mask, and 2014’s Hunger Games parody The Hungover Games. In 2003, he made his screenwriting debut with Malibu’s Most Wanted, in which he also starred. His many TV credits include a main role on Ghost Whisperer from 2008–2010 and a voice part on The Cleveland Show from 2009–2013.
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W. Earl Brown
W. Earl Brown racked up a solid resume over the early ‘90s before he he appeared in Scream as Kenny, Gale’s cameraman. He followed up the horror flick with roles in 1998’s There’s Something About Mary, 2004’s The Alamo, 2014’s Wild, and 2015’s Black Mass, among many others. He has appeared in episodes of dozens of TV shows, including Six Feet Under, CSI, American Horror Story, Bates Motel, and True Detective; he is most well known for playing Dan Dorty on Deadwood.
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Henry Winkler was — and still is — best known for his role as The Fonz on the ‘70s sitcom Happy Days when he appeared in Scream in the small, uncredited role of the foulmouthed Principal Himbry. After Happy Days ended in 1984, Winkler devoted more of his efforts to work behind the camera, producing a number of projects and making his feature directorial debut with 1988’s Memories of Me. Scream was his first live-action film appearance post-Happy Days; he followed it up with big-screen outings including 1998’s The Waterboy (after which he would appear in three more films with Adam Sandler), 2000’s Down to You, 2003’s Holes, and 2007’s I Could Never Be Your Woman, among others. His many TV appearances include stints on Arrested Development, NUMB3RS, Parks and Recreation, and Royal Pains.