While we weren’t looking, “Scream” newcomer Josh Segarra has slowly been infiltrating every corner of the entertainment industry. Comic-book TV fans might know him as Adrian Chase/Vigilante in the now defunct CW “Arrowverse,” or the show-stealing supporting character, Pug in “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.” When he’s not fighting alongside superheroes, he’s exuding wonderful “golden retriever” energy as Lance on HBO Max’s “The Other Two.”
In “Scream VI,” the newest reinvention of the meta-horror slasher franchise, Segarra plays Danny, the handsome, supportive neighbor to protagonist Sam Carpenter (Melissa Barrera). Though it’s a small role in a stacked ensemble full of likable, fresh faces, his charisma goes a long way. At this point of the franchise, we know better than to trust the love interest. And yet, Segarra’s effortless and disarming charm makes it a little difficult — not just for Sam, but for the audience too.
Last week, Josh Segarra was profiled by Inverse, where he shared his own idea for a potential “Scream” sequel. “If they could find the way in for a ‘Scream’ musical, make the audience laugh and also be a little scared? Let’s go!” Segarra pitched. “Who knows? Maybe Ghostface has some operatic talents that we don’t know about.”
The sixth installment of the “Scream” franchise has taken its cast of characters to the Big Apple, and even teased an in-universe “Stab” musical in promotional material. If you think about it, now is probably the best time to make a musical installment of Wes Craven’s beloved meta slasher saga.
Scream Is A Perfect Fit For A Movie Musical
Screenwriter Kevin Williamson, who penned the original “Scream,” once said on its 25th anniversary that the entire franchise has been “coded in gay survival.” At its core, the entire series is built on a playful mishmash of horror tropes and cliches, a genre is rich with subtextual queerness. Williamson himself identifies with Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott, as the concept of an enduring final girl, a trope so inherent to the repressed relationship with sexuality felt relatable to him as a gay man.
Musical theater is often considered a safe space for queer folk too — and oddly, the horror genre works beautifully in the format, which is similarly all about external expression; a scream and cry for help is just as cathartic as a character singing how they are feeling in the current moment. Where it could separate itself from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” or “Little Shop of Horrors” is the meta slasher element, being freely able to reference the rules of the genre in the lyrics.
Plus, our current core cast of Woodsboro survivors already have their fair share of experience when it comes to musical talent. Josh Segarra himself got his start on Off-Broadway musical productions, from “Lysistrata Jones” to “Dogfight.” Before “Scream,” Melissa Barrera starred as Vanessa in the overlooked 2021 film adaptation of “In the Heights.” Jenna Ortega became a viral sensation because of her self-choreographed dance scene on Netflix’s “Wednesday,” and Jasmin Savoy Brown has a solo music career of her own outside of acting.
As of now, “Scream 7” has not been confirmed, though its box office success is a good sign there’s more to come. If the team at Radio Silence find themselves fresh out of ideas, then Segarra clearly has them covered.
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March 16, 2023