Spolier alert: This article reveals the fate of certain characters from Scream 4.
Happy Monday, Screamers.
The weekend box office numbers are in, and Scream 4 took the requisite second week fall, pulling in just $7.2 million and finishing in fifth place. The film’s cumulative total since opening on April 15th is approximated at $31.2 million—still short of what Scream 3 earned in its first three days back in 2000.
While the disappointing domestic returns have cast doubt on whether or not Scream 5 (and, ultimately, Scream 6) will be green-lit anytime soon, MTV got director Wes Craven on the record about the continuing storyline—and the likelihood that his veteran cast would return:
“I imagine the core characters will continue,” he said of Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley. “I suspect they’ll be with us until the end, because they just are the heart and soul of the movie and especially since we tend to kill off most of the other people,” he said with a hearty laugh. “They’ll be with us. There will be some continuation of the drama of Sidney Prescott’s family and the ghosts that haunt it.”
Further buttressing that optimism was the typically reluctant Neve Campbell, who shared this exchange with Entertainment Weekly just prior to the film’s release:
If Sidney lives in Scream 4, would you do another Scream?
Yeah, I think I would.
Despite this one having a tumultuous production?
Yeah, I mean, I’d love to have a script sooner than we did [laughs]. But you know what? I have a feeling that would happen. I’m sure if there was another one, Bob [Weinstein] would wanna have a script ready sooner because it would be easier on us all.
Ticket sales do not appear to be a reflection of audience response, as the reviews have been solid, both from fans and critics alike—and with near unanimous agreement that this installment is far superior to Scream 3. Of this week’s top five films, only Scream 4 and Madea’s Big Happy Family (#2, $25.7) have managed to earn better than mediocre marks, with “B-” grades from Entertainment Weekly. Meanwhile, Rio (#1, $26.8) and Water for Elephants (#3, $17.5) scored “C” and “C+” marks respectively, while Hop (#4, $12.5) was saddled with a rather dismal “D.”
Speaking of reviews, here’s an exclusive opinion from our friend Joshua Patrick Dudley (writer/director of the fan film Stab 4: Fresh Blood):
I’m obsessed with the Scream movies, so I had my hopes set really high when I went to go see Scream 4! I wasn’t disappointed! The opening to film was genius, witty and surprising! I enjoyed the fact that the film instantly dove into dissecting itself and even poking fun at itself a little. I wish I could go into more detail, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone!! The rest of plot was equally good and I truly felt like I was back in Woodsboro. The town’s teens’ obsession with the Stab films was fantastic and really took the film to the next level. It was great to see Neve, Courteney and David again and to see what their characters had been up to for the last decade. The new cast of young stars was also great and more intelligent than any of the other teens have been so far. The death scenes are much bloodier and more elaborate than those we’ve seen before and I have to confess that I jumped out of my seat a few times and even closed my eyes, just for a second, during a certain gutting scene! The ending to the movie was EPIC. It was a long, gruesome and insane ending that kept my heart racing. The motive of the killer(s) was genius, so genius in fact that it was actually the same motive of the killer(s) in my next film Stab 6. Looks like I’ll be doing some rewrites. Now, for my short list of negatives. Please keep in mind that the list of great moments is far longer than the list of moments I didn’t care for. My biggest complaint about the film is lack of chemistry between Sidney, Dewey and Gale, though they all shared scenes together, it didn’t feel like that old connection was there. A few of the death scenes had people die from only one stab wound which I found mostly unbelievable. The Ghost Face mask, for some reason, for most of the film, was this big, bulky over-sized version of the mask that I really didn’t care for and found rather distracting during the scary scenes. And my final complaint is the pace of the film. I love that the story moves quickly, but I found myself not being able to get attached to any one character before they were slaughtered. Yes, it was great to have more death scenes and blood, but I felt the characters all lacked a little development. Some of the characters were on screen for less than 5 complete minutes before we never saw them again or they were killed, so I found myself not really caring when they died. Overall, I would rate Scream 4 a 4.7 out of 5 stars, easily the second best entry in the series after the first, and I highly recommend that everyone go see it!! If you’re a fan of the first 3 Scream films, the fourth will exceed all of your expectations! Keep your fingers crossed for Scream 5 and 6!!!
For those of you looking to continue the ghastly Ghost Face adventures now that you’ve seen the movie, The Weinstein Company has released the official Scream 4 game. Available through iTunes, it is currently compatible with the iPhone 4G (with plans for a 3GS version to follow). From the iTunes web site:
The official game of SCRE4M. For the first time ever, play as Ghostface in a game and slash your way to victory. Just like the movie, killing by the Rules of Horror is the way to succeed.
-Fast paced single player mode where you chase down victims and avoid
-Be smart about who you kill and how you kill
-Multiple fully rendered 3D levels
-Brag about your highscores to your friends on Facebook and Twitter
-OpenFeint integration with Achievements
-Did we mention you play as Ghostface?
ISSUES – Some iPhone 4 users have reported issues with cut-off text and font overlaps. We’re working diligently on this and should have an update online shortly.
The game is currently available at a sale price of .99 cents. (Note: The Scream 4 game is not released in conjunction with Fun World.)
Stay tuned, Screamers…
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