It’s one of the most iconic horror films of our time.

A slasher movie that’s also satire, Scream pokes fun at horror movie clichés.

It’s easy to see why it was a box office hit in 1996 and for actor Skeet Ulrich, it was definitely a career highlight.

“Wes Craven was at the height of his game and really an inspiration every day,” Ulrich says.

Ulrich and other celebrities, including Malcom McDowell, are in Victoria this weekend for Capital City Comic Con.

“It’s great!” says the 49-year-old actor. “People come up and tell you how much they love you. What could be wrong with that?”

Ulrich has played FP Jones on Riverdale since 2016 and now has a whole new generation of fans.

The CW TV show, an edgy take of the Archie Comics, shoots in Vancouver nine months of the year.

“We’ve really bonded together over the three years and just great friendships all around and that really makes it doable,” says Ulrich. “Those amount of hours, that amount of time, if you didn’t get along would be bad.”

But the tight-knit cast was rocked by the death of star Luke Perry.

“It’s a shock, it’s a shock,” says an emotional Ulrich. “He was an amazing man. An angel among us.”

The 52-year-old former 90210 heartthrob had a stroke and passed away earlier this month.

“There’s not one person on our 180-person crew that doesn’t have a unique story about him connecting with them on a personal level,” Ulrich explains. “He was a man of the people. I’ll never forget him, ever.”

He also has a permanent reminder of his friend — Perry left his hat at Ulrich’s house a week before his death.

“His favourite hat’s sitting in my kitchen,” Ulrich says.

Despite filming in Vancouver, this is Ulrich’s first visit to Victoria and it’s fair to say he’s impressed.

“I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Island and people are right — it is beautiful!” he says.

And if you were wondering why the protagonists always run upstairs in a horror movie, Ulrich let us in on the secret.

“Because if you run away, story’s over,” he laughs. “So that’s it. That’s the whole reason.”

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