"Scream 4" is a horror movie that's worth getting excited about. While the genre continues to crumble beneath a deluge of excessive, CG-infused gore, "Scream" is the white-armored, blood-spattered knight riding in to rescue us with suspenseful storytelling. Hopefully. With the original trilogy's architects, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson involved, that is certainly the expectation.
Newcomer star Hayden Panettiere believes it. It's not surprising of course, but it's encouraging to hear her speak about the coming sequel with enthusiasm in her below chat with MTV correspondent Tim Kash.
"I think it's just perfect timing, the amount of time that has passed since the last one came out," she said. "It's a perfect setup, with all of these films ... the [fictional] 'Stab' [movies] and all the things like that. I think with all of the 'Scream' [films], the idea is to throw the audience for a loop every time."
She's right in saying that "Scream" is all about playing tricks on the audience, but admits that it's even more of a challenge now than it was when the original hit theaters in 1996. It's got nothing to do with the genre as a whole; if anything, the more traditional approach taken with "Scream" as compared to the current wave of gore-heavy horror films will help it stand out from the pack. No, in this case it's the fans who are to blame for the added challenge.
"For an audience that is so well-versed in 'Scream' [films] and in what happens and who becomes the killer, blah, blah, blah, it's trickier to throw them a curveball," she said. "I think they've done a really cool job with the script. We've had a blast on it."
Thanks a lot, us! Really though, Craven and Williamson have their work cut out for them. The original "Scream" was a refreshingly original genre film, somehow managing to comment on multiple well-established conventions without feeling like a rehash. The subsequent two releases in the trilogy failed to recapture the appeal of the original, something I think people are forgetting in their excitement for "Scream 4."
Make no mistake: I have the utmost faith in Craven and Williamson both. I agree with Panettiere that this is the right time to bring the series back, and I can't wait to see what this crew cooks up. Too bad we'll all have to; "Scream 4" isn't in theaters until April 2011. What's your excitement level for the coming return to this series?