FLASHBACK: 'Scream 3' Turns 15! On Set With the Cast in 1999
By Ashley Crossan
The Scream franchise was an instant cult classic, credited with reviving the modern horror slasher genre in film. The movies were a clever satire, completely aware of horror-film clichés and inserting them into the plot. Spoof or not, the original Scream film remains the highest-grossing slasher film in the U.S.
It's been 15 years since our favorite horror trilogy came to an end -- or so we thought. ET was invited on set of Scream 3, as Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette were preparing to say goodbye to the end of an era.
"This is the last time I'm playing Sidney," Campbell told ET in 1999. "It's sad because it's a fantastic group of people, and it really is like a family, and I've loved the experience, and the films have been great for me."
The cast was careful not to give away any plot spoilers -- such as the crazy amount of celebrity cameos in the film like Patrick Dempsey, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher – and our favorite, ET host Nancy O'Dell!
The cast was certain that Scream 3 was the final of the series. That’s right, they were certain there would never be a Scream 4.
"We always vowed from the beginning that it would be three and out, so there's not going to be anymore after this," director Wes Craven told us back then.
"We don't want there to be a Scream 4 and 5, 6 and 7," said Campbell. "I think these have been great films and we don't want to take away from that."
We must admit, we can’t be upset that they were wrong. Scream 4 was the perfect addition to the series – with another great Nancy cameo – and we were thrilled the cast was convinced to come back for another round.
"I think because so much time has passed, I got to a place where I realized it might just be fun!" Campbell told ET in 2010.