Wes Craven, master of the slasher flick, has brought the anguish and terror of the Woodsboro murders back to the big screen – and I couldn’t be more excited. Growing up with a love of horror, I can’t help but give a warm and hearty “thank you” to the Scream trilogy. Recent developments in modern technology and SFX have meant that some of the latest horror films are frankly, terrifying (The Mist, 30 Days of Night and Devil to name but a few). With that in mind, Scream should in theory be outdated. However, it appears to have done the opposite. Since the first film was released in 1996 the Scream franchise has gone viral, amassing a cult following that has really placed it on the horror map. In my opinion, it even gives slasher classics like Halloween and Friday the 13th a run for their money. Yup, I said it!
As such, I think it goes without saying that I’m not the only one who got a wee bit excited when they announced the release of a fourth instalment and then following that, *may* have done a little dance upon seeing the first trailer. Let’s face it, with a bevy of up-and-coming celebs (Culkin, Panettiere, Brody, ol’ Julia Roberts’ niece etc.) and of course lovable faves Gail, Dewey and Sidney, how could anyone NOT be thrilled?!
Those of a more sceptical nature may say things like ‘Isn’t three enough?’, ‘Isn’t Ghostface a bit old?’, ‘Can the old A List sacrifices (Drew Barrymore, SMG) be topped?’, ‘Haven’t Craven and the Dimension crew exhausted all killer options at this stage..? Surely it won’t be Billy’s mother’s brother’s great uncle?!?’ To those people I reply: pish posh. It’s Scream for Chrissakes. If anything, with the help of all the modern and new-fangled cinematics that Hollywood has to offer, combined with the traditional Scream MO, Scream 4 will wholly outdo its predecessors.
What’s MY favourite scary movie you ask? Why, Scream of course. I stand firm on that and can’t wait for it to be released. Check out the trailer, you’ll get the gist. The film bursts into UK cinemas on April 15th with the story picking up at the 10-year anniversary of the Woodsboro massacre. Scream if you want the next 3 weeks to go faster…