Written by Robin Bell
Can you believe it? A new Scream film. It's been eleven years since Scream 3, which everyone thought would be the last Scream film, hit the cinemas. It was regarded as a weaker entry into the trilogy, and around that time the parody of the Scream trilogy was also underway with the Scary Movie series. Those things together killed off the Scream films, until now.
If weaker plots and parody killed it off, what has brought it back? Maybe the break has revitalised it, but will Scream 4 have anything new to say? The first Scream film was a post modern joy, dissecting the horror film as it went about creating an all new type of self aware horror, that was quick witted and clever, and of course it raked in the cash. The second just about scraped by to remain an entertaining horror flick with its self aware, post modern streak, but the third film revealed that there was nowhere else for it to go, so what's changed?
Well, the parodies have died away, Scream couldn't have remained scary when other films were undermining it, and now hitting a new generation of movie-goers fresh it may be able to appeal to them as something new.
It's all quite intriguing to have it come back, and hopefully it has something unexpected in store, but I think the 90's nostalgia that the first two films provide will be all the Scream franchise will ever offer. I hope I'm proved wrong.