2020 has been a strong year for documentaries connected to the horror scene, with The Horror Crowd (2020), and Hail to the Deadites (2020) to name a few, offering different perspectives on the genre. You Cannot Kill David Arquette is no exception, taking the audience on a wild ride, as Scream franchise alumni David Arquette makes his long-awaited return to the Wrestling world. But will the community welcome this fading Hollywood star back in with open arms?
For background, David Arquette is best known to horror fans for his popular role as hapless cop Dewey Riley in the Scream franchise, as well as making a name for himself in an array of titles, such as B-Movie, Eight Legged-Freaks (2002), and Muppets from Space (1999), which is playfully alluded to in the documentary. Arquette first came into the wrestling fold in 2000 after starring in the WCW movie, Ready to Rumble.
Following this, he was brought into WCW storylines and ended up being crowned WCW World Heavyweight Championship, much to the dismay of professional wrestlers and fans alike. The passionate wrestling community were dumbfounded as to why this Hollywood actor had championed one of their own, creating animosity towards Arquette. This leads to the main argument of the film asking should celebrities be respected in the wrestling profession.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette is one man’s determination against all the odds to conquer the stigma and earn the lifelong dream of proving himself that is worthy of the title awarded to him two decades ago.
Put it this way, the wrestling community certainly gives him a rough ride, but he is not deterred. Co-directed by David Darg and Price James, You Cannot Kill David Arquette is a deeply personal insight into the struggles of a once-celebrated Hollywood star, and the unwillingness to accept the outsider in what appears to be an exclusive community.
The documentary features several close family and friends of David’s, speaking authentically about their relationships with him and the battles he’s faced; including his daughter Coco, wife, Christina McLarty Arquette, Sisters Patricia, and Rosanna. There’s even an appearance from iconic Friends (1994) actress, and David’s ex-wife Courteney Cox. One thing is for sure, David is surrounded by love, and has several key people in his life who truly care for him.
A self-confessed addict, David openly discusses his struggles with alcoholism; and mental health which is incredibly important to hear. With his addictive personality he, of course, sets his sights back to wrestling, despite the serious danger that it poses to his health, and the impact it ultimately had on his acting career. The documentary is no holds barred, as we get a glimpse into his eccentric personality, and quirky ways proving that David Arquette is a larger than life character, showing that he was made for the wrestling profession with its gloriously over the top, show-stopping atmosphere.
One of the most striking moments in the documentary is when David is offered the opportunity to appear at a wrestling convention only to be shunned by the community. Contrasting this with the horror scene, a place where he would certainly be appreciated, it’s strange to see him with barely any interest at his table.
It’s a sobering moment realising that celebrities face their daily struggles like everybody else and the superficiality of show business. David is candid when discussing his lack of career opportunities over the past decade, his determination and drive to keep auditioning. Thankfully, he has recently starred in the indie gem, 12 Hour Shift (2020); and will be reprising his iconic role as Dewey in Scream 5, which is due for release in 2022.
You Cannot Kill David Arquette is such an accessible and compelling documentary. Being a hardcore wrestling fan is not required to appreciate this raw and honest story. Whether you are a fan of Arquette or not, it cannot be denied that his story is compelling from start to finish. Featuring both light and dark moments, and some utterly brutal, namely the shocking event where David was brutally injured after partaking in a deathmatch, a scene which is not for the faint-hearted.
Riveting, moving, and thoroughly fascinating, You Cannot Kill David Arquette is an absolutely insane piece of documentary filmmaking about a man who isn’t prepared to give up, and that is tremendously admirable.
Blue Finch Film Releasing presents You Cannot Kill David Arquette on Digital Download 23 November.