It is confirmed that a Scream 4 test screening will be held tonight @8pm in Pennsylvania. While rumors of test screenings have dogged the internet over the past few weeks, they were never confirmed. This one is the real deal. Read on for the details and how this changes things…
Our message board moderator Ghostface_Scre4m looked into it and writes “It is legit as I did call the theater that’s has the pre-screening. Dimension Films is renting a part of the theater to pre-screen Scream 4. Spoke to a guy named Chad who gave me the information. He said the reps for the pre-screening would be at the theater around 7pm or 7:15pm before the screening starts at 8pm. I’m certain things will be strict as there will be no recording devices allowed of any kind and also a confidentiality agreement will be signed for those that are allowed to enter. It’s probably going to be a rough cut of the film and there will be some differences in the final product we will see April 15th, 2011. That’s all I got for right now. If I get anything other info I’ll pass it along.” He also mentions no one under 18 will be allowed in, despite what the invitation (see below) states.
While we certainly congratulate the few, the proud that will get to see the movie so early, we can’t help but feel screening the movie is counterproductive to Craven & Co’s anti-spoiler measures. Sure, audience feedback may assist in re-editing or reshooting portions of the movie that don’t go down so well, but these benefits are surely outweighed by the negative: we live in a time of instant thought processes spewed out through social media. No matter if viewers pledge on paper to not share, all it takes is one bad apple to ruin major character deaths and the killer’s idenity, then that info can never be retracted, only repeated indefinitely, and without warning.
What can you do to avoid being spoiled? Stay off un-policed places like Twitter’s #Scream4 stream, Scream-related Facebook profiles and the IMDB Scream 4 boards. Those places are like the wild wild west. Scream-Trilogy is a heavily moderated website, and our forum has several diligent moderators ready to swoop. Anyone posting, quoting or hinting the spoilers in plain view will be completely banned and offending text removed. We take this issue very seriously. So to spoilerhounds, our advice: Act responsibly.