Accordingly to my countdown widget on my phone, we are 14 days away from the opening of Scream 4. You may be thinking to yourself, "Who cares?". Well, this nutty guy does! I have been obsessed with the Scream movies since the first one came out on video. I must admit, I didn't see the first one in the theaters. The year was 1996 and I was still too young to see Rated R movies in the theaters. I'm still distraught over that concept. By the time it came out on VHS, my sister and I rented it from Blockbuster and stayed up late one night and watched it. She had already seen it as she snuck into the theater one day to see it. She started cringing before the scary moments, so I usually knew when something was going down. By the time it was over, I was hooked. I thought it was scary, funny, and very clever. I was somewhat familiar with horror movies by that point so I knew some of the references and spoofs to the older classics.
Scream 2 was released in 1997. I guess a year later meant it was safe for me to see it in theaters WITH an adult. I think my friend and I were making plans to see it together, but the theaters wouldn't let us in without an adult. I am pretty sure I ended up seeing it anyways with my aunt and uncle on opening night. The sequel was just as exciting as the first one.
Scream 3 came two years later. While the movie didn't totally suck, it just didn't have the same feel as the first two. Ehren Kruger penned the screenplay for this one instead of Kevin Williamson. Kevin Williamson wrote the first two movies, and his style is clearly missing from the third one. It was great to see Wes Craven (director), Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette do all three movies to finish the storyline.
Fifteen years after the release of the first movie. Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson, Neve, Courtney, and David are back for Scream 4. At first, one could scoff at the idea at a fourth movie in a horror series. They are never as good as the original and by that point, they are usually pretty laughable. I have a good feeling knowing that the original team is back that they will produce a good quality movie. I'm not expecting it to be anywhere near as good as the original one. I think it will be fun to "revisit" Sidney, Gale, and Dewey. I've watched the original trilogy countless times. I think I usually re-watch the whole trilogy at least twice a year. Not only was Scream an ode to the classics before it, many have said Scream paved the way for a new generation of horror movies. They became popular again. You had new horrors stories being created, remakes of the older classics, and a new sub-culture of horror called "torture porn". It will be fun to see Scream 4 comment on what has been happening in the horror genre since it's release.
Here are the two trailers for Scream 4