Scream’s Makeup Team Confirms Several Wes Craven Tributes To Ghostface Victims

Most recent Scream The film quickly proved to be a hit with critics and fans of the long-running horror franchise, but the fifth installment is also a bit bittersweet. The film is the first to be directed by anyone other than the legendary Wes Craven, who died in 2015. However, the new Scream– directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett – has always found ways to honor and pay homage to Craven’s legacy and that includes tributes to the late filmmaker about the victims of Ghostface in the new film. FX makeup artist Rick Pour recently broke down for Fangoria some of the details of character callbacks in Scream, including Easter Egg-like homages to Craven.

Pour revealed that one of the film’s new characters, Stu’s nephew Vince (Kyle Gallner), is something of a walking homage to Craven. Even though the character didn’t survive very long in the film, he wears many nods to Craven’s work via his tattoos. Included in these tattoos are a nod to Freddy Kreuger, a “logo” style tattoo featuring the letters “WC” and the numbers “72” representing Wes Craven as well as the year 1972 – the year of the first director movie, Last house on the left, has been freed. There is also a Shocker themed tattoo and many more.

Pour also revealed that Vince’s tattoos aren’t the only references to Craven’s work that appear in the film. Amber’s (Mikey Madison) death is also superimposed not only to her mode of death in which she is immolated on a stove before being shot by another character a reference thanks to the fire of it all, but her burnt appearance is also an Easter Egg. Amber’s half-burnt face looks a lot like Freddy Krueger, right down to the ear details.

“We didn’t want to hit people over the head with that, [but] we couldn’t resist a little Freddy reference here,” Pour said.

These details are ultimately only part of how the new Scream pays homage to Craven. Franchise star Neve Campbell told that Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett really helped keep Craven top of mind on set.

“We definitely felt Wes, his absence, but we definitely felt his presence as well,” Campbell said. “We talked about him every day, all day. Every time we were shooting a scene, Matt or Tyler wanted to know what Wes might have thought, what his opinion would be. And I think that process and that conversation really kept with us.”

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