Melissa Barrera Confronts Shooting: 'Thanks for Everything'

Melissa Barrera weighed in on her controversial exit from the „Scream” franchise while attending the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of her latest horror film, „Your Monster.”

„Honestly, I think I'm finally becoming the person I'm meant to be in life, and it's been a big awakening in the last few months,” Barrera said. told the Associated Press When asked about her „scream” exit. „I'm very grateful for everything that's happened.”

Sam Carpenter played Billy Loomis' daughter (played by Skeet Ulrich in the original) in 2022's „Scream” and 2023's „Scream 6.” . He was supposed to continue the role in the upcoming „Scream 7,” but was fired last November after showing support for Palestine on social media.

Spyglass, the production banner behind the hit horror franchise, said in a statement Variety At the time: „We will not tolerate bigotry or incitement to hatred in any form, including genocide, ethnic cleansing, Holocaust denigration or anything that openly crosses the line into hate speech.”

Following Berara's exit from the franchise, his co-star Jenna Ortega left the sequel and „Scream 7” director Christopher Landon also left the film.

„I think this is a good time to announce that I officially left 'Scream 7' weeks ago,” Landon wrote in a social media post announcing his own exit. „It will be disappointing for some and happy for some. It was a dream job that turned out to be a nightmare. And I'm heartbroken for everyone involved. Everyone. But it's time to move on.”

He continued, „I hope Wes's legacy will flourish and rise above the noise of a divided world. What he and Kevin created is something amazing and I'm honored to have had even a moment in their shine.”

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Although he's no longer a member of the „Scream” franchise, Perrera is keeping his horror resume alive with the world premiere of „Your Monster” at Sundance. Combining elements of horror and romantic-comedy, it tells the story of a young actress (Perrera) with cancer who discovers a terrifying and beautiful monster living in her closet. The movie is directed by Caroline Lindy.

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