Ready Four Screams? What's your favourite scary movie? The line that made the Scream movies infamous. In answer to that question, Scream is my favourite scary movie. Over a decade since the last instalment, the Scream franchise is ready to reboot with Scream 4. With original cast members Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette tossed back into the fray, ghostface is unleashed again to slash up some unruly teens. I for one am super excited about this film. In a movie culture where it seems everything has a sequel, prequel or is remade Scream is slightly different.
The whole premise of Scream was that within the movie itself they were parodying a scary movie, the characters became aware that they were within the confines of a slasher film. It may not have done it with the intelligence of 'The Player' or the comedy of 'Tropic Thunder', but Scream managed to look inwards on Hollywood whilst still maintaining an entertaining storyline that appealed to teenagers and adults. It manipulated those clichés that we expect in a slasher film in a way that made us not only jump, but produced a few laughs as well.
Which is why I'm excited about the prospect of Scream 4. Instead of being just another sequel, they have the opportunity to satirise the over saturation of sequels and talk about what is supposed to happen in a fourth horror film. If director Wes Craven approaches the fourth film with as much finesse as the first three, this could very well be my favourite quadrilogy ever (look out Die Hard).
Scream 4 opens nationally on April 14th in Australia and April 15th in the UK and US, and it will be playing at a Cineplex near you. Grab some popcorn and head to a crowded cinema for some scares and laughs.