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iHorror Exclusive: “Scream: The TV Series'” Bex Taylor-Klaus says you’ll be surprised



Sometimes as a journalist, having interviewed a few stars and directors, I can sense when someone has “it.” Not just the Hollywood “it” that agents and producers look for when casting yet another big-budget movie, but the “it” that marks the beginning of an actor’s great career in movies and entertainment.

Bex Taylor-Klaus has “it.”

With her signature short coiffure and velvety blue-eyes, Taylor-Klaus has never shied away from roles that go deeper than the words of a written page. In her first acting job in “The Killing,” she perhaps took on a role that most beginners in the business would think twice about doing: A young androgynous, homeless lesbian who is smart enough to survive, but just vulnerable enough to get herself into emotional trouble.


Anyone that has binge watched the dark mystery on Netflix will tell you that Taylor-Klaus is the stand-out actress in that series, and brings everything and more to the role of “Bullet.”

In what might appear to be type-casting, Taylor-Klaus then decided to portray sexually curious Audrey in MTV’s highly successful series “Scream.” The movie-turned-series ends its first season on Tuesday, September 1, and Taylor-Klaus is being very secretive about the identity of the killer, but she does give iHorror a workable clue.

I got to talk to the star on the phone one afternoon while she was relaxing at her home in Hollywood, just after her 21st birthday. She says she celebrated by going to the beach and hanging out with friends, including a few of her fellow “Scream” cast members.

We talked about her role as Audrey in the series and how MTV is pushing the envelope and allowing characters, hers especially, to explore all aspects of individuality, specifically her same-sex attraction to another high school girl.

Audrey is not part of any clique. (MTV)

Audrey is not part of any clique. (MTV)

“She’s still figuring herself out,” Taylor-Klaus says. “And I think that’s something important that MTV’s doing, they’re highlighting the process of a teenager trying to figure herself out. She’s not ready for a label. She’s open about the fact that she fell for this girl.”

This is something that even the original films didn’t approach. Klaus says that her first experience watching the Wes Craven classic came later in life, with a group of people, but she didn’t really appreciate it until a few years later.

“I saw the first one when I was sixteen,” she said. “But, it didn’t really count ‘cause I only saw the first one, and it was sort of a situation where we were all hanging out; we weren’t paying a lot of attention. I finally watched them all in chronological order, all together when I was nineteen, it took me a little while, but I fell completely in love with them.”

"Scream: The TV Series" Finale is Sept. 1

“Scream: The TV Series” Finale is Sept. 1

However, Taylor-Klaus has her favorite in the series. She says that the original is probably the best. Each have their own charm, but “Scream 4” really changed the rules and made the series fresh again.

As with most of us, Taylor-Klaus is a horror movie fan. She loves the genre and wants to continue to be a part of it. This fall, she will appear along-side Vin-Diesel in the movie “The Last Witch Hunter,” and she just wrapped on an unsettling supernatural film titled “Discarnate,” about the legend of the “soul eaters.”

“I love doing the horror genre,” she says. “It’s been so much fun.”

I asked Taylor-Klaus which Horror movies are her favorites. She is a big fan of the classics, but in true form, she also enjoys those that are a little darker and more character driven than the standard fare, “I love the classics like Halloween and Friday the 13th. I actually liked Cabin in the Woods. Oh, and I love ‘Honeymoon,’” she adds.

As for the identity of “Scream’s” killer, Taylor-Klaus knows who it is, and says you will be really surprised. But she is not giving me the answer. However, she does give us a clue on where to find out if you can’t wait until Monday night to tune in and see the bloody finale for yourself.

Who is Ghost Face this time?

Who is Ghost Face this time?

“I’ve only seen one fan theory on the internet that has gotten it right. There were a few who were close, but I’ve really only seen one so far that has gotten it completely spot-on.”

Taylor-Klaus will probably never portray a character based on a simple archetype or proven cinematic characteristic. And she is not frightened of being type-cast, unless it’s a ditzy, hot, dumb girl. She says she will continue to take roles which are multi-layered and may threaten her comfort zone, and she is certainly not averse to doing humor.

“I want to keep doing dark, gritty, real drama,“ she tells me, “I wanna do some comedy, because I love comedy. Seriously, I love comedy, I love watching it, I love playing with it, and I’d love to get a chance to do it more. But, I think the biggest thing I want to do is movies. I wanna do these dark movies filled with meaning and passion and…I love the dark things.”

Suspicious gaze

Suspicious gaze

“Scream” may not be the darkest role for the young and talented actor, but she does drench Audrey with a lot of herself. Taylor-Klaus likes to draw, “doodle” she calls it, sometimes designing tattoos on the fly. The producers of “Scream” said she could take one of Audrey’s props and give dimension to the character that way.

She chuckles when she says, “If you ever get a close-up look of Audrey’s messenger bag, there are her drawings all over it. They gave me a silver pen, they gave me the bag and they’re like, ‘have at it, do Audrey.’”

Bex Taylor-Klaus

Bex Taylor-Klaus

Whether or not Audrey will be back for season two of “Scream,” won’t be known until after its season one finale. But Taylor Klaus is very much in love with her career, her choices and her fans. And these qualities only add to the starlets “it” factor.

“I like when people enjoy what I put out there. There’s that little twinge of pride, like ‘hey, all that work I put into this is not for nothing,” she says, “I like when people are happy.”

It is that attitude and commitment to the craft that gives the young actress the “it” I’ve been talking about. Casting agents and directors will certainly find an award-winning star in Taylor-Klaus if they call on her for a daring and multi-dimensional role.

I asked her what ring tone she uses for everyday calls. She laughs, thinks for a moment and replies, “Circus.” Then begins to sing it to me over the phone. I think to myself, she better get used to that sound, it is what she will hear during some future award season.

The season one finale of “Scream: The TV Series” airs Tuesday, September 1 at 10/9c on MTV.


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Jean-Claude Van Damme Rumored to Appear as a Ghost in ‘Beetlejuice 2’




During The Hot Mic Podcast, the crew spoke about Jenna Ortega in talks to play Lydia’s daughter. Well, it turns out that the guys on Hot Mic also heard that an aging action star is set to play a ghost in the sequel as well. Over on Arrow in the Head, the direction of the aging action star immediately took the shape of Jean-Claude Van Damme. However, there are options out there that may point to other action stars like Sylvester Stallone. To be honest we would be totally fine with either of these guys coming to the world of Beetlejuice and playing a ghost.

The synopsis for Beetlejuice went like this:

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

We can’t wait to find out if this bit of info is true. So far, we know that Jenna Ortega has been in talks to play Lydia’s daughter in the Tim Burton directd sequel. It will also see a return of Michael Keaton.

We will be sure to keep you updated on future Beetlejuice sequel updates.

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‘The Lighthouse’ Comes to Special 4K UHD A24 Collectors Release




If it is one thing we know it is that we love Robert Eggers. Between The VVitch and The Lighthouse we were made into huge fans. Next up, Eggers will take on Nosferatu. In the meantime, A24 has released a very special edition release of The Lighthouse on 4K UHD.

The synopsis for The Lighthouse goes like this:

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Disc extras include:
○ Director’s Commentary with Robert Eggers
○ Exclusive mini-documentary on composer Mark Korven
○ Costume walkthrough and interview with costume designer Linda Muir
○ 2019 making-of featurette
○ Deleted scenes Book contents include:
○ Storyboard excerpts by David Cullen
○ Production design drawings by Craig Lathrop
○ BTS photography by Eric Chakeen
○ Bib-front shirt pattern made by Marvin Schlichting to Linda Muir’s design

We can’t wait to add this one to our collection. You can pick up your very own copy right over HERE at A24.

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‘Scream VII’ Greenlit, But Should the Franchise Take a Decade-Long Rest Instead?



Bam! Bam! Bam! No that’s not a shotgun inside the bodega in Scream VI, it’s the sound of producer’s fists rapidly hitting the green light button to further franchise favorites (i.e. Scream VII).

With Scream VI barely out of the gate, and a sequel reportedly filming this year, it seems horror fans are the ultimate target audience to get ticket sales back at the box office and away from “press play” streaming culture. But maybe it’s too much too soon.

If we haven’t learned our lesson already, banging out cheap horror movies in quick succession isn’t exactly a fool-proof strategy to get butts in theater seats. Let’s pause in a moment of silence to remember the recent Halloween reboot/retcon. Although the news of David Gordon Green blowing off the gossamer and resurrecting the franchise in three installments was great news in 2018, his final chapter did nothing but put the tarnish back on the horror classic.

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Possibly drunk on the moderate success of his first two films, Green advanced to a third one very quickly but failed to provide fan service. Criticisms of Halloween Ends mainly hinged on the lack of screen time given to both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode and instead on a new character that didn’t have anything to do with the first two films.

“Honestly, we never once considered making a Laurie and Michael movie,” the director told Moviemaker. “The concept that it should be a final showdown-type brawl never even crossed our minds.”

How’s that again?

Although this critic enjoyed the last film, many found it off-course and perhaps a stand-alone that should have never been connected to the redeveloped canon. Remember Halloween came out in 2018 with Kills releasing in 2021 (thanks to COVID) and finally Ends in 2022. As we know, the Blumhouse engine is fueled by brevity from script to screen, and although it can’t be proven, hammering out the last two films so quickly might have been integral to its critical undoing.

Which brings us to the Scream franchise. Will Scream VII get underbaked purely because Paramount wants to reduce its cooking time? Also, too much of a good thing can make you sick. Remember, everything in moderation. The first movie was released in 1996 with the next almost exactly a year later, then the third three years after that. The latter is considered the weaker of the franchise, but still solid.

Then we enter the decade release timeline. Scream 4 released in 2011, Scream (2022) 10 years after that. Some may say, “well hey, the difference in release times between the first two Scream movies was exactly that of the reboot.” And that is correct, but consider that Scream (’96) was a film that changed horror movies forever. It was an original recipe and ripe for back-to-back chapters, but we are now five sequels deep. Thankfully Wes Craven kept things sharp and entertaining even through all the parodies.

Conversely, that same recipe also survived because it took a decade-long hiatus, giving new trends time to develop before Craven attacked the newer tropes in another installment. Remember in Scream 3, they still used fax machines and flip phones. Fan theory, social media and online celebrity were developing fetuses at that time. Those trends would be incorporated into Craven’s fourth movie.

Fast-forward another eleven years and we get Radio Silence’s reboot (?) which made fun of the new terms “requel” and “legacy characters.” Scream was back and fresher than ever. Which leads us to Scream VI and a change of venue. No spoilers here, but this episode seemed oddly reminiscent of re-hashed past storylines, which may have been a satire in and of itself.

Now, it’s been announced that Scream VII is a go, but it leaves us to wonder how such a short hiatus is going to fare with nothing in the horror zeitgeist to channel. In all of this race to get the big bucks, some are saying Scream VII could only top its predecessor by bringing back Stu? Really? That, in my opinion, would be a cheap effort. Some also say, that sequels often bring in a supernatural element, but that would be out of place for Scream.

Could this franchise do with a 5-7 year hiatus before it ruins itself on principle? That break would allow time and new tropes to develop — the franchise’s life’s blood — and mostly the power behind its success. Or is Scream heading into the “thriller” category, where the characters are just going to face another killer(s) in a mask without the irony?

Perhaps that is what the new generation of horror fans want. It could work of course, but the spirit of the canon would be lost. True fans of the series will spot a bad apple if Radio Silence does anything uninspired with Scream VII. That’s a lot of pressure. Green took a chance in Halloween Ends and that didn’t pay off.

All that being said, Scream, if anything, is a masterclass at building hype. But hopefully, these movies don’t turn into the campy iterations they make fun of in Stab. There is still some life left in these films even if Ghostface doesn’t have time to catnap. But as they say, New York never sleeps.

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