Scream, the second scariest thing to come out of Dimension Pictures after Harvey Weinstein was an overnight hit back in 1996, and love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny its cultural impact. It’s safe to say that Scream injected new life into the dying Slasher genre in the same way that Wes Craven’s other influential work, A Nightmare On Elm Street had done, twelve years earlier.
Sequels followed of fluctuating quality. I liked them all except part 3, which is a steaming turd of a movie. It also spawned the teen slasher craze of the late 90s/early 00s with films like I know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend. I’ve made my opinions on this sub-genre clear many times in the past. It was all a bit too polished and inoffensive for my taste.
They brought scream back to the small screen for a three-series run on MTV. Remember MTV? It was a music channel that woke up one day and decided it didn’t want to play music anymore. I tried watching the first series, but it was awful so I jumped ship.
Well, inevitably we appear to be getting a new Scream movie. The problem is, nobody seems to know what it will be. At this point, it’s either a remake, reboot or direct sequel. It’s a Schrodinger's Cat movie. Until we open the box, it’s all three of those things. I’m hoping it’s the latter as the words reboot and remake cause me to vomit into my mouth.
The rumours have already started and the latest rumblings from Hollywood suggest that the filmmakers are hoping to bring back original Scream trio, Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette. This suggests that the movie will indeed be a part 5 rather than a fresh start.
With Halloween (2018) and Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) making it trendy to get the band back together again, it makes sense that the producers would want to bring back the stars of the previous movies. As long as it’s not a lazy cash grab, I’m ok with that.
With the fall of the mighty Weinstein empire, Dimension has lost the rights to Scream and these rights have been picked up by Spyglass Entertainment, who I imagine are itching to sink their teeth into Ghostface and his hapless victims.
The one, obvious and unfortunate change will be that the series will need to find a new director, given that Wes Craven sadly passed away in 2015.
Whatever the outcome, Scream 5 needs to be clever, and it needs to be relevant. Scream has always been more of a witty commentary on the state of horror at that particular time. Without this, the Scream franchise would just be a film where a bunch of pretty people get stabbed. I grew bored with that pretty quickly, with teen movies that had more in common with music videos than horror movies.
Scream (whatever) is due for release sometime in 2021. We will update once there is more to know. In the meantime, be sure to make your feelings known in the comments section.