MTV’s ‘Scream’ Cast Talks ‘Gorier, Darker’ Show, Mixing Comedy and Horror

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A blood red carpet led the way to the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of MTV’s “Scream” series Sunday at the Regal L.A. Live Stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

Creators Jill Blotevogel and Jaime Paglia joined cast members Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Carlson Young, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Brianne Tju and Tracy Middendorf to talk about the differences between the movie and upcoming TV show in a panel following the pilot episode’s screening. “Scream” is based on the series of horror-comedy movies.

“Because horror’s such a better genre right now — it’s definitely had a rebirth — it’s darker,” said Weil (“Sharknado”). “It’s definitely a little bit gorier, a little bit scarier, more of a thriller.”

Blotevogel (“Ravenswood,” “The Twilight Zone”) said she thinks the entire “Scream” franchise works because of its unique take on horror. “I loved genre, but I hated that genre has just been relegated to just the geeks and the nerds,” Blotevogel said about “Scream’s” premiere in 1996. “And then I saw ‘Scream’ and realized this movie succeeded on so many levels. It was so entertaining as a comedy, as a horror film, as a self-referential, and also had great characters.”

Paglia (“The Flash”) expanded on the idea of needing the audience to become invested in the show’s characters, compared to the movie. “We are sort of giving that wink and nod to the audience and saying, ‘We know what you’re expecting, we know that this is going to be hard, but come along for the ride and hopefully we’ll entertain you and you’ll become invested in (the characters),'” Paglia said. “It’s different with television because we are doing this over hours and hours and hopefully seasons and we are going to have people die, but we want it to really matter.”

Many of the cast members touched on the fact that they were very young when the original “Scream” bowed. Some said they hadn’t seen the movies before being cast and that caused some confusion.

“When I read the pilot when I first auditioned, I did not actually put it together that it was the “Scream” movie,” Fitzgerald said to laughter.

Taylor-Klaus said she thinks the success of both the movies and the upcoming TV show comes from the unique genre-mixing.

“Mixing that much gore with comedy — it’s gold,” Taylor-Klaus said.

“Scream” will premiere on June 30 on MTV.

(Pictured: Andy Lopez, John Karna, Cole Bernstein, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Brianne Tju at the “Scream” party)

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