Longtime redblog readers might remember that on Halloween 2008 I wrote about the five scariest movies I’ve ever seen. Scream made the cut. Thanks to this job I’ve had to watch (through my hands and against my will) several more horror films since that point in time, but my Top 5 remain the same. I still get that nasty feeling — that pit in my stomach — when I think about the opening sequence of Wes Craven’s homage to slasher movies.
An uncomfortable sense of dread returns every time I come across a picture of Ghostface. So imagine my terror when I saw the Scream 4 poster. They did away with the “wide open eye” convention used in the promos for the first three films and turned the spotlight on the bad guy! D’oh.
I’m only able to post this graphic because the mask looks a bit cartoony and therefore not really like the one any psychotic murderer would find at his or her local Wal-mart.
But the trailer? The trailer is quite a different story indeed. It is scary as hell (by my standards, at least). I dare say that Scream 4 actually looks like it could be really good. Locke will still have to drag me kicking and screaming into the theater once its screening rolls around, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
What’s getting me excited is of course the fact that three of the leads from the original — Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette — have reprised their roles and appear to be helping make a seamless transition to the franchise’s “next generation.” A generation that clearly has a whole new set of “horror movie rules” to worry about.
Do you think Scream 4 will succeed in reviving the series, or are you doubtful? Anyone else out there as surprised and impressed by this trailer as I was?
Redbox movies from the cast of Scream 4: