Wes Craven to Scream anew

While I had a few reservations regarding director Wes Craven’s long-awaited (by me) return to Woodsboro, Scream 4 largely lived up to expectations with a story that both honoured the extant trilogy while serving as a worthy point of entry for audiences unfamiliar with the 90s-set originals.

The news, therefore, that Wes Craven is still considering further instalments can only be a good thing. With a scattering of cast-members still standing and enough box office receipts to sate even The Weinstein Company, Craven clearly agrees that the franchise still has places to go, Ghostfaces to unmask and films to lampoon (via MovieWeb).

“The idea was that we were doing the first in a new trilogy. We had to wait to see if we made enough money on each film to make the next one viable. If that happens, those two (Bill Weinstein and writer Kevin Williamson) will come up with the concepts and an idea that is worth fulfilling.”

With such a large body-count last time around, however, I can only hope that the director lay off the increasingly repetitive knife attacks for a kill or two. With contemporary audiences weaned on torture porn and J-horror, it is perhaps time Williamson’s script stopped talking the talk long enough to walk the walk. While Scream 4 was chock-full of witty dialogue, it tried to squeeze too much into its running time, sidelining certain newcomers and burning through ideas at a rate that left some viewers – and critics – missing the point.

Just so long as they don’t call it 5ream.

So, are you excited by the prospect of Scream 5? Or is this one particular franchise you wish had died decades ago?

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