'Scream' Creator Kevin Williamson Says Movies Mirror Gay Survival

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday December 7, 2021
Originally published on December 7, 2021

If the "Scream" movies mirror your survival tactics as a young gayling, it's intentional.

In an interview promoting the upcoming "Scream" sequel, writer Kevin Williamson — the storyteller behind the teenage horror hits including "I Know What You Did Last Summer," Dawson's Creek", and "The Vampire Diaries" — says his characters referenced a lot of his own feelings as a gay man trying to survive, find trust, and trust himself.

"Venturing into Hollywood, I was in my second coming of age. Everything was new, everything was a first. I was experiencing first love at 29, and all of the emotions that young people feel. It just poured out of me," he said.

Williamson feels his characters were "unique to their time."

The character Sidney Prescott's iconic representation of being the "final girl" of a bloodbath was very much something Williamson connected to.

"As a gay kid, I related to the final girl and to her struggle because it's what one has to do to survive as a young gay kid, too," Williamson said. "You're watching this girl survive the night and survive the trauma she's enduring. Subconsciously, I think the 'Scream' movies are coded in gay survival."

In the complete interview with Williamson, he also shares that casting gay icons such as Laurie Metcalf, Parker Posey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Carrie Fisher was more of a coincidence than a conspiracy.