Airbnb is inviting scary movie fans everywhere to its most spine-tingling home experience yet. And it even includes an appearance from horror film icon David Arquette. By Stacey Leasca
“You’re invited to try your luck at surviving the ultimate Halloween overnight stay at the original house from the classic horror flick Scream on Airbnb,” the company shared in a statement.
With reports of Ghostface once again on the prowl in Woodsboro, the stay begins with a virtual welcome by local sheriff Dewey Riley (aka David Arquette), who will share his tips on survival. “Heed his warnings and watch your back or you might find yourself face to face with the most fearsome killer to slash his way across the silver screen,” Airbnb added.
“Airbnb came up with this incredible idea to provide a fan experience like no other where you can go to the house from the first Scream, and they’ve set up all these really cool things,” Arquette shared with Travel + Leisure. “They’ve got ’90s microwave popcorn, ice cream with all the Reddi Whip whip you could want, and a dedicated landline that you may or may not get a call on. It’s really fun.”
In honour of the upcoming 2022 release of Scream, Dewey will host three one-night stays (October 27, 29, and 31) at the northern California estate for only USD 5 (INR 371) a night. During the stay, which can accommodate up to four people, guests will experience all the scariest elements of the original film, including a run of the entire house (fans will notice the knife marks on the doors to the garage where Dewey’s sister, Tatum, met her unfortunate demise).
Guests will also be able to watch all four Scream films (on VHS, of course) as a refresher before the next release. There will be plenty of the aforementioned ’90s snacks on hand, too, along with unique memorabilia that guests will be able to take home — that is, if they make to the morning. “It’s such an incredible franchise,” Arquette said. “I love playing the role of Dewey. Ghostface is just such an iconic horror film character that Wes [Craven] created.” So incredible, in fact, that it appears Craven himself wanted to add his own special haunting from the great beyond.
“Wes Craven was an avid bird-watcher, and when I got to the house, there were all these buzzards lined up on the fence,” Arquette said, with his iconic nervous laughter in full effect. “One of them had its wings up. It was just standing in the sun. And I thought, ‘Wes, what are you telling me?'”
Those looking to book should note that this stay adheres to local COVID-19 guidelines. And in honour of this time of year, Airbnb will make a one-time donation to ‘Ween Dream’, which provides free Halloween costumes to children in need nationwide.