As one half of the Ghostface Girls its part of my duty to report anything to do with our favourite iconic 90s slasher franchise. There have been talks for a good while now that Scream is to be adapted into a television series and this Sunday (April 12th) MTV will finally reveal or in this case unmask the air date of the eagerly anticipated pilot episode and premiere the first ever trailer at the Movie Awards. As any loyal fan there has been reservations about sending Scream down the same route as Norman Bates, Hannibal and Rosemary’s Baby in the current horror TV trend however with Wes Craven on board as an executive producer and Jill Blotevogel (Harper’s Island) its set to look promising.
Initial rumours stated that there would be no Woodsboro or Ghostface in the brand new series shifting away from Scream’s classic iconography and the Sidney Prescott story. Breathing new life into the Scream brand might not be such a bad idea and Craven has promised a new design for the infamous mask resembling the original Ghostface in a much more terrifying way. An article from Wicked Horror supported this further, “A while back, it was revealed that in an effort create a wholly unique experience, the MTV series will be creating a Ghostface mask of its own. Similarly inspired by the Edvard Munch painting, the show’s mask will have more a more organic appearance (early reports had speculated that the design would resemble human flesh).”
The plot centres around a small sleepy town devastated by murder and violence following a cyber-bullying incident, aptly sharing thematics with one of MTV’s popular ‘reality’ shows, Catfish and drawing on a relevant and current aspect of society. A group of teenagers are subsequently targeted by a psychotic killer. Reports have also claimed that homage will be paid to the famous opening kill of the first ever film where Drew Barrymoore’s Casey Becker is terrorized and brutally butchered. Actress Bella Thorne said in a recent Facebook Q&A “I will re-enact the famous scene of Drew Barrymore in the original series,” which questions whether a copycat killer will be on the scene or if its a straight up remake with different characters, a fresh take with references and self-awareness to the original quad-trilogy would be a cool approach.
Other then Bella Thorne, Scream will star Bobby Campo (The Final Destination), Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow, The Killing), Carlson Young (Pretty Little Liars, True Blood), Connor Weil (Sharknado), John Karna, Tom Maden plus many more. With a new, fresh-faced cast and many of them with a background in genre television it will be interesting to see if they can match up to the likes of Neve Cambell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette in terms of popularity with their new characters.
The logo is reminiscent of classic Scream with the sharp blood red font on a black background looking slasher-tastic. I’m all for giving this new show a chance, if its as witty, edgy and entertaining as the four films then its set to be something to look forward to.
Hayley Alice Roberts.
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