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This week brought talk of new life for two dormant horror franchises. First, Ryan Turek of ShockTillYouDrop tweeted that producers of the new "Friday the 13th" are taking pitches from writers for a found footage version of Jason Voorhees. Concurrently, Harvey Weinstein is talking about a potential fifth entry in the "Scream" series to finally end the story.

The problem is — while we can't fully support any classic horror series making the leap to overplayed style — "Scream" would make a much more compelling found footage movie.


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The storms on the east coast have proven powerful enough in some cases to make some government officials postpone Halloween to a later date, until it's safe again for trick or treaters, but for most people, October 31st will always be All Hallows' Eve.

But whether you're stuck inside or coming back in from a night of tricks and treats, you'll no doubt need some scary movies to cap off your night.

We asked the MTV News staff to share their favorite flicks for a Halloween night spent indoors, so check out our recommendations after the jump!


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Cabin in the Woods

Part of what makes "Cabin in the Woods" so great is the clear love of movies on display by director Drew Goddard and his co-writer Joss Whedon. Every inch of the celluloid is an ode to the horror movie genre, but if you're going to get the full effect of what "Cabin in the Woods" wants to get across, there's some watching you'll have to do.

We've pull together a playlist of five films that you might want to consider checking out or rewatching before heading to the theaters this weekend.

Before Drew Goddard got his chance to make his directorial debut with "Cabin in the Woods," he cut his cinematic teeth by writing "Cloverfield" for director Matt Reeves and producer J.J. Abrams. Four years after the frenzy of the viral campaign and the secrecy around the title, "Cloverfield" is often maligned for setting off the latest wave of found footage movies. What it isn't praised for was the way it played with the conventions of the monster movie genre. With so much of the focus on the monster most of the time, putting the camera literally at its feet with someone on the ground was a creative take on a tired premise.


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50 CentOddballs and weirdos populate this week's Horror Bites. Some are living large (1,200 pounds to be exact), and others are blind as a bat, but Bruce Campbell (and his chin) remains horror's eternal hero and keeps things light with a new game to play.

50 Cent takes on Satan in a new based-on-the-book movie. The rapper/actor plays a blind DJ and will be starring alongside upcoming "Fright Night" actor Anton Yelchin for this tale originally penned by Dean Koontz.

An actor from "Robot Chicken" is gaining several hundred pounds for a role in David Arquette's "Glutton," which sounds like shades of David Fincher's creepy "Se7en." A family moves into a haunted house thanks to a "hauntrepreneur's" recommendation. Meanwhile, Freddy Krueger will be howling alongside strippers in a new movie that wins the award for most obvious film title ever.

Take a bite out of this week's horror news after the jump.


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With all the hype and excitement surrounding "Scream 4," I'm actually surprised it didn't perform better at the box office last weekend. Wes Craven directing! Kevin Williamson writing! All of the original characters (those who survived) back in action! I'm not even a fan of the "Scream" franchise and I enjoyed it.

Anyway, before the numbers came in last weekend, the word on the street was that there were two more "Scream" movies on the way. Screenwriter Williamson had planned the fourth film as a kickoff to a new trilogy, of sorts. When I caught up with the cast and Craven at the film's press day recently, I asked them to give us a tease of what they had planned for two more films. Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette didn't want to speculate at the time, citing the notion that if they commented it would spoil the fact that their characters survived. However, Mr. Craven was more than happy to offer a few words on what might happen in future installments.

Warning: some spoilers for the ending of "Scream 4" lie ahead!


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ScreamDespite a vaguely disappointing opening box office, most die hard horror fans rushed into theaters to catch "Scream 4" this weekend, and the reviews were mostly positive. The litany of plot twists and meta-jokes were enough to satisfy one of Earth's biggest pop singers and even lead one "Scream" alumnus to wish she hadn't been killed off so soon.

Many people who saw "Scream 4" this weekend were also treated to a brand new trailer for the summer comedy "Bridesmaids." All the hubbub is making the film's director refreshingly excited, so he took to the tweets to make some odd requests. And then apologize.

And unless you spent the weekend in isolation, you know that everyone was talking about Nic Cage's bizarre run in with the law and the reality TV star who bailed him out of prison. Sometimes Hollywood makes it too easy for comedians.

I'm @TravisHelwig and this is Twitter-Wood for April 18th, 2011.


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You've made it this far, Dewey, but can you go four for four?

If we're being honest, we're starting to worry about Woodsboro's favorite law man. "Scream" protagonist Dwight "Dewey" Riley has survived his fair share of encounters with the nefarious Ghostface, but can he live through a fourth round against the masked serial killer? If this latest photo from "Scream 4" is any indication, Dewey may have finally met his match.

After the jump, check out the three reasons why we're growing increasingly weary about Dewey's survival odds!


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Things aren't going so peachy for Courteney Cox and David Arquette in real life, and it looks like the same holds true for their "Scream" alter-egos Gale and Dewey.

E! Online has debuted the first photo from the "Scream 4," and it shows the trio of Cox, Arquette and Neve Campbell, a.k.a. "Scream" queen Sidney Prescott, reunited for the first installment in the franchise since 2000. We're not sure what's got them looking spooked, but safe money is that it has something to do with a certain Ghostface Killer.

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The photo hits the Web just a few days before Arquette and Campbell are set to introduce brand-new "Scream 4" footage at Spike's 2010 Scream Awards, which will tape on Saturday and air Tuesday night. Read More...

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In horror movies, the killer typically comes back from the dead for one last scare. Such is the case with the "Scream" franchise, as an unexpected fourth installment in the series is set to terrorize moviegoers everywhere next April — and according to one of the film's participants, it's the best "Scream" movie yet.

Emma Roberts is one of the many new faces making her debut in the "Scream" series next year, starring in the movie as Jill, the cousin of Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott.

"I think it's going to be really fun," Roberts told MTV News about "Scream 4," going on to make a big declaration: "I think that this is the best one, dare I say." Read More...

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In "Scream," we learned the rules for horror movies. "Scream 2" tackled the rules for horror movie sequels, while "Scream 3" capped it off by exploring the rules of horror trilogies. Following that trend, what's the mission statement for "Scream 4," the currently shooting revamp of Wes Craven's horror franchise?

As filming trucks along and casting reports continue to circulate — including word that Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin are joining the movie — we're wondering what sort of rules "Scream 4" might explore. Wonder along with us after the jump! Read More...

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