|Those were the days.|
So me 'n Stu met up for a few ciders before traipsing off to a not very good multiplex (Vue @ Romford - sticky, STICKY floors, blurry screen. Not a good combo). Our film of choice was Scream 4 (or Scre4m, according to the film makers. Never liked numbers in titles - a trend started by the equally daft-monikered 'Se7en'. Se-seven-en?).
Why did we see this film, even though we both knew it was going to be at least a bit rubbish? Because we felt like we owed it to the other three. I never saw the first installment at the cinema (which I absolutely love - watched it last week, and it still holds up as a fresh, funny film), but I did see 'Scream 2' (which runs on its own hype - it has energy, but also has too many characters that do precious little. And killing off Randy was never a good idea. As soon as he died, the humour went with him.) and 'Scream 3' (which overdoses on its own in-jokes and ends up playing like an episode of Scooby-Doo.)
|Ghostface never misses a photo opportunity.|
|Do I like scary movies? Did you not notice my haircut?|
|Do it if you have the guts. Or maybe not.|
|As not seen in Scream 4.|
But to me, killing off Sid, Gale or Dewey wasn't the answer. In fact, killing off your stalwarts can sometimes have a detrimental effect to the previous entries. Think Ripley in Alien 3. Okay, ballsy, somewhat inevitable ending, but it undid a lot of good work in Alien and Aliens. When I watch those movies now, they feel a little redundant because you know in part 3, Ripley buys the farm. So offing Scream main trio would have lessened the previous entries. What, in my opinion, was required was DECENT STORYLINES.
All Dewey has to keep himself busy in Scream 4 is show up at crime scenes, or be seen driving to them at speed. Gale does even less. Their characters feel stale because they've been given nothing to do. Thats no reason to kill them off; because they've served their purpose and the writer doesn't know what to do with them. The best answer is: Don't use these characters any more - move on, get fresh blood in, so to speak. The Scream movies work best when its kids in peril whilst being smart-arses. Killing off all the new characters was not a smart move. Its always better to keep a couple of the more likable new characters alive, for sequel purposes. When the same 3 people are alive at the end of each film, it gets a little tiresome. Much like Jack Bauer in '24'. But that show wouldn't work without Jack. Scream movies CAN work without Sid, Gale and Dewey.
|New Stu, New Randy, New Casey, New Tatum|