The great directors of my youth have been letting me down more consistently than I could ever have thought possible. John Carpenter’s The Ward is getting thoroughly unimpressive early reviews and looks like yet another J-horror knockoff. George Romero is basically directing from the grave, and that’s not a compliment. Tobe Hooper has basically retired. Lucio Fulci’s been dead for 15 years and Argento’s pretty much just mailing it in. Wes Craven shit the bed spectacularly with My Soul To Take.
Craven, however, may have an ace card with Scream 4. The trailer is below, and it’s hardly a bastion of innovation. However, one of the things that was so great about the first two Scream films was the back-to-basics approach — taking the conventional and mixing it up with some nifty plotting, solid dialogue, and honest to god suspense. The third entry drifted away from that (but will always be endlessly amusing due to Parker Posey’s astonishingly glorious overacting), but Scream 4 looks like it might be trying to recapture the magic. Frankly, it’s the only hope for one last hurrah from the old masters (with the exception of Sam Raimi, who brought the thunder with 2008’s Drag Me To hell).
It yet again stars Neve Campbell (whose career, despite her best efforts, will never be more than Scream and “Party of Five”), Courtney Cox, and David Arquette, as well as Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin (my second favorite Culkin after Kieran), and about a thousand other people. Take a looksee:
Will it be any good? I’m not exactly holding my breath. But is it so much to ask to see teenagers get eviscerated in an amusing fashion one last time?
A boy can dream, no?