A shocking new interview with Wes Craven just appeared over on THR in response to fan outrage that the MTV “Scream” series won’t feature the iconic Ghostface mask (even though we’ve been reporting that since last November).
And while we’ll get to that in a moment, the shocker is that Craven, who we love so much for his ability to be candid, reveals that he regrets changing the look of Freddy Krueger in his 1994 New Nightmare, the seventh film in the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise.
“In general,” Craven says, reflecting on his own experience with the Scream sequel and beyond, “we didn’t mess with the mask at all. It’s something we didn’t try to change. With Freddy [Krueger] and the New Nightmare (above), I felt that I probably should have stuck with the original face. [With Scream,] we just let Ghostface be Ghostface.”
“It would have been safer [not to change Freddy],” Craven continues. “I’m not going to speculate in public, probably shouldn’t have even mentioned it, but you know, sometimes you realize that something’s not broken, so don’t fix it. And that was the course we took on all the Scream films: Don’t mess with that, it’s just perfect.”
This all stemmed from the revelation that MTV’s “Scream” will feature a new mask, as mentioned above, to which Craven wanted to make clear was not his decision, as he’s involved in name only.
“I just put my name on it,” Craven explains, referencing his executive producer credit. “I was too busy to do much else.”
For Craven, the success of the Scream franchise hinged upon the mask. No other mask would have done the trick. “No way. No way,” Craven insists. “I knew it in my bones that [Ghostface] was a unique find, and I had to convince the studio that they had to go the extra mile to get it.”
Why MTV chose to go in a new direction with the mask is unknown, although we’ll reserve judgment for when the series, starring Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch, premieres this summer.