Today two images were located, posted last year on August 8 and clearly from the set of Scream 4 with a known actor/character in a gory state, thus setting off death-scene spoiler alarms anywhere. More disturbingly, the featured actor is being credited/blamed for the leakage. This bothers us and demands a few facts.
1) The images do not confirm death. There’s some messy blood in one of the images, and a clean wound in the other, but it looks like a flesh wound. People forget after the relatively tame Scream 3 how bloody this franchise can get. We’ve seen much more blood than this on living characters in the series before, notably the first installment. While the shape of the wound does bring a weapon to mind, there is no weapon visible to indicate what caused the damage – all they reveal is that a certain character is attacked, or perhaps goes through glass. It has been confirmed the Special FX in this entry are more vivid. So yes, the photos are spoilers, but not major ones at all. Anyone that thought this character would escape without so much as a scrape needs to check their Scream rulebook.
We’re not saying with the character definitely doesn’t bite the dust, we’re only saying there’s plenty of wiggle room for them to survive. Plus we don’t even know if they’re a victim or the killer themself receiving ‘battle damage’. But think about it, it would be more of a spoiler with the high mortality rate of Scream to reveal that they definitely survive.
2) The photographed actor did not leak the photos. The source site that posted the pics states the the actor “shared a couple of production shots from h** murder scenes”. Even a cursory glance around the site shows it’s a celebrity gossip blog that plays up stars photographed in minor or insignificant situations. They even get the character’s name wrong. The images are likely FX or continuity photos. Cast and crew signed forms making them liable for damages if they leak anything, so the actor in question would not have leaked these. It’s important to drive home this point because the actor may be unrightfully punished if Dimension choose to take the internet blame at face value.
The downside to these images spreading throughout the fanbase and twittersphere – which has already happened – is the escalating fear of spoilers that will cause fans to stop surfing the Scream community for fear of coming across these pics. The imagination will make these seem far more drastic than they actually are and there is really no need to assign fear to them. To that end, Scream-Trilogy recommends you actually view them. We’ve had a strong anti-spoiler stance since day one and will continue that trek, so trust us when we say these photos are not huge spoilers. By taking a leap of faith and viewing them, you remove the power they’ve been assigned by others and can comfortably continue surfing safe in the knowledge that if there ever are real spoilers, we will warn you they exist and provide a safe haven by going into lockdown mode. We’re that serious.
Now that they’re “out there” in the public fan consciousness even though they’ve been sitting in plain sight five months, what will go down? The worst possible course of action for Dimension would be to try and get them taken down from the various places they’re posted, because to us that would be a confirmation that they are in fact major spoilers. We say let them float around, let them be discussed, and revel in reasonable doubt.