While many of us across the world have already seen Scream 4 this week, in a few hours midnight screenings begin across the film’s country of origin USA and thus sets off the “official” forward momentum of the franchise – box office, critical & fan consensus, and possibly word on Scream 5‘s chances of happening.
This letter we received by visitor Kyle Beard best phrases many of our thoughts:
I think we can all agree that this has been one hell of a ride. Off and on for years I have randomly searched for any news on the possibility of a Scream 4. I can’t be sure when I actually stumbled across a glimpse of hope, but it wasn’t long afterward that I found scream-trilogy. Since then, I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t checked the site for more news.
The highlights have been numerous. From the first behind-the-scenes photos to the recent promotional interviews, we have not just absorbed this information, but shared with each other our own thoughts and interpretations. Whether it’s the definition of a spoiler or who the next Casey Becker will be, we have come together and become a part of what the Scream franchise is all about.
More often than not, my friends just offer me blank stares when I start talking about Scream 4. To them I have an addiction to all things relating to the franchise, and they suggest I join a twelve step program. I tell them to wait it out–once the movie is released my obsession will die down and we’ll go back to talking about all things less important. Maybe I am a little overenthusiastic at times, and forget that they don’t understand the implications of a new scene appearing in a TV spot or the number of outfits we see Gale wearing. That’s when I come here and see what you all have to say.
For a large number of us the journey toward Scream 4 has been a shared experience. Many of us weren’t quite old enough to legally see the original trilogy in theaters without an escort, so we now see the franchise in a whole new light. We all recall the first time we saw the original and how we managed to see the sequels, but in the last ten years our understanding of the films has inevitably developed a whole new level of appreciation and affection.
The general consensus is the best film is the first, the third film is the worst, and the second falls somewhere in between (though 3 gets bonus points for Jennifer Jolie). The fourth will probably not surpass the first, but I think the two will get pretty cozy as the front runners. I see S4 taking everything that was so great about the first and throwing in a whole new level cunning and brutality. Isn’t that what we want? Something familiar, yet expansive without the unfortunate flaws of of the second and third installments.
From what I can tell, this film will come closer than any to really showcasing our generation. We’re the ones who have grown up in the age of computers and the internet; we carry our smart phones everywhere allowing us to access the rest of the world effortlessly. I’m extremely excited to see the old gang again, but I feel the new generation has just as much to offer. This is the movie where the new cast of characters sit around the Woodsboro fountain with the ability to pull out an iPhone and sound off on “stab-trilogy.net,” accept an unknown call via FaceTime, or update their Facebook status to “so tired… been running from ghost face all night.” We’re about to see characters who treat Stab the way we treat Scream. These characters are too far removed from what happened in the original trilogy, so their view of the Stab franchise is strictly entertainment.
I got a chill when I heard Kirby’s ringtone in the trailer, because that’s what I hear every time I receive a call. The new rules have me reevaluating every horror film I watch from the last decade. And the release of that picture (you know which one I’m talking about—the spoilery one) threw everything into overdrive for me. Friday can’t come soon enough.
It’s been almost a year of updates, and it keeps getting better and better. But what happens after April 15th? Here’s hoping this site becomes the destination for all things Scream 5.
A special thanks to everyone directly responsible for “scream-trilogy,” and to Khy, JRT, drewjobullo, Mozart Herbert, Liver Alone, and all the other commentators who made this past year’s wait a little more bearable.