I once again joined the team at the “Munsons at the Movies” podcast to talk about the life, legacy, career, and influence of Neve Campbell.
Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of being invited back to one of my favorite podcasts, Munsons at the Movies, to join their annual Halloween special. Last year, I was invited to talk about the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis. This year, I was lucky enough to chat about another member of horror royalty, Neve Campbell.
If you are a fan of Neve, this is a dream episode to listen to. It’s one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive deep dives of her career you’ll ever hear.
We cover everything from her early work as a professional dancer and a young actress to her most recent return to television and to the horror franchise that made her a scream queen and an undisputed star. We spend considerable time talking about her career highlights, including her breakout role in Party of Five to her domination of the 90s horror scene with Scream and The Craft.
We also discuss some of her best roles you may have missed. In fact, this is why I love this podcast so much. It’s not just a surface look at the films and projects everyone knows and loves. But it introduces fans to hidden gems and stellar performances that fell under the radar, including Neve’s critically-acclaimed role in 2000’s Panic (watch it on Tubi), which many critics hailed as her best performance to date.
Plus, we talk about Neve’s dramatic roles in the gut-wrenching drama Castle in the Ground and the beautiful tribute to ballet which she co-wrote, The Company. We also discuss how expertly she flexed her comedic chops in silly but fun films like Drowning Mona, Churchill: The Hollywood Years, and Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical.
Of course, no retrospective of Neve’s career would be complete without a significant focus on her contributions to and impact on the genre.
The hosts let me cover Neve’s work on Scream 2, a film I absolutely adore. And we discuss our official ranking of the Scream franchise, with me advocating for a controversial choice for first place.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I am such a huge fan of this podcast because of how professional and passionate the hosts are. It’s mind-blowing how much prep work they do for each episode and how much tie and research goes into fully celebrating the breadth and depth of each artist’s work.
In each episode on the Munsons at the Movies podcast, the hosts, along with a special guest, randomly select an actor and rank their body of work on the Munson Meter.
Your hosts are Craig Case, James D’Imperio, Kyle Hickman, Mark Rigby, and Warren Hicks. Each of them picks one of the important films in an actor’s filmography to cover in-depth, including the actor’s first feature film, the film with the largest critic gap, lowest critic score, highest critic score, and largest audience gap.
While we didn’t love every project Neve has been involved in, we all agreed that she tends to make everything she’s in better — and is often the best part of every film.
It may not be a big surprise that I ranked Neve pretty high on the Munson meter. Tune in to find out why.