So, after you’ve pretty much satirized all the horror movie conventions and cliches that you helped to develop, how do you re-satirize the satirized conventions and cliches that you re-developed?
From the looks of this teaser trailer for Scream 4, Wes Craven’s answer seems to be: Do the same thing, only film it. Yes. Film it within a film. Expect a lot of YouTube jokes. And apparently this is what older directors do to revive their franchises: Do the same thing, only film it within the film. See also: Romero’s Diary of the Dead, a creaky zombie feature that, as dated as it was, still beat Craven to the punch about three years before him.
At least Scream 4 boasts a killer cast, including some of the originals (Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell, plus what looks like small roles for the likes of Kristen Bell, Alison Brie, Anna Paquin, one of the Culkin kids, Hayden Panettiere, and a few other demo friendly victims.
Check out the trailer. Oh, I’m gonna see it. I’ll probably be massively disappointed. But, I’m excited about being disappointed. That’s the hold of Wes Craven.