Melissa Barrera believes there is an even darker side to Sam Carpenter than we haven't seen in the Scream movies yet.
On a budget of $24 million, Scream earned $140 million at the worldwide box office, a healthy return for an R-rated 18+ film. A major contributing factor to the success of the latest movie in the Scream franchise has been attributed to the young cast who breathed new life, or death, into Woodsboro.
Franchise favourites Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette all featured, but the plot centred around a new batch of teens, led by Barrera's Carpenter.
By Scream VI, we know that Sam is the daughter of the first movie's killer, Billy Loomis. The recent Scream flicks have played into the fact that Sam herself may be unstable due to her parentage.
"There are so many places that Sam could go. That's one of the reasons that, when I read the script for Scream 5. I was so interested in the character," Barrera previously told Digital Spy.
"There's so much potential here of where she could go with her mental health – she's just unpredictable. I find that the darkness in her makes her that much more interesting to play and to watch. She's the hero but she's also kind of the villain.
"It's this contradiction in her that I find fascinating and, if we get to do another one, I would love to see. The writers have done a really good job with her up until this point, so I trust them just to know where to take her (in a way) that will be unexpected and cool for the fans."
Scream VI was notable for the absence of Neve Campbell, the hero of the franchise since the first movie. She opted not to return, believing she was not being significantly compensated by the studio.
Sam, along with her three friends, Tara, Mindy and Chad, managed to survive Ghostface's attacks. They therefore decide to leave Woodsboro to make a whole new start. However, arriving in New York City, Ghostface appears again.
The Core Four of Scream VI
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Opin and Tyler Gillett believe that Sidney's absence actually helped the movie focus more on the group now subbed as the 'Core Four' - Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy-Brown and Mason Gooding who were introduced in 2022's Scream.
“Obviously we were super bummed when Neve wasn't going to do it, and the thing that we immediately went to was like, ‘Okay, if we're not doing this with Neve again, we have to make sure that you fall in love with these characters the way that we all fell in love with Sidney and Gale and Dewey," they said.
"So we took that responsibility really, really seriously and made sure that if we do our job right, you leave this movie going, ‘Oh, I love the Core Four and I want their journey to continue the same way that we all want Sidney and Gale and Dewey to continue.’”
2023 • 123 minutes