It was a bittersweet occasion that brought three of the castmates of Scream together on stage at Fan Expo this Friday. On the one hand stars Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich and the voice of Ghost Face Roger L. Jackson, came together to mark almost 40 years since the release of the first Scream movie, but celebration was shaded somewhat by the sudden passing of the franchise’s director Wes Craven just last weekend. (more…)
Today is a sad day for horror fans the worlds over. Scaremeister Wes Craven has slipped into the great beyond. A representative of his officially broke the news via the director’s Twitter account no more than an hour ago. (more…)
Get ready for Freddy. Again. A Nightmare on Elm Street is so often credited with building New Line Cinema into a studio brand name, that it should be no surprise that they’d want to play up that legacy again with a remake. Of course, the fact that the nine films in the series have a total worldwide box office take of over $450 million also sweetens the deal. Yes, unsurprisingly, and despite the lukewarm reception for the 2010 remake, we’re going back to the drawing board – and the dank, dark, foreboding cellar where young people are lured to their doom – for the fourth version of A Nightmare on Elm Street. (more…)
No matter what you may think of the Scream series of films, the Ghost Face mask became an iconic image, a frozen screech contorted into a form not unlike the classic painting “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The image looked back at us from four movies, and hundreds of Halloween racks for the last 20 years, so when a TV version of Scream was announced for MTV we all wondered if Ghost Face would make the transfer intact, if he made the transfer at all. Now, a new image from the show reveals that Ghost Face has gotten a facelift, something evocative of the original, but with a new spin. (Fashion is not my forte.) (more…)
Throughout the 70s and 80s, there were a lot of movie monsters, but only one of them really had a consistent face. Robert Englund was the face of Freddy Krueger through eight Nightmare on Elm Street films, a couple of music videos and a TV series called Freddy’s Nightmares, and this year Freddy Krueger turns 30 years old. Freddy’s portrayer, Englund, has worked consistently since his twin breakthroughs in 1984, Nightmare and the TV series V, building up an impressive resume of over 100 different film and TV projects. But with three decades now come and gone, more than ever, Englund is most closely associated with the burnt, disfigured “bastard son of a hundred maniacs.”
In an recent interview with Nerd Bastards, looking forward to Englund’s pending appearance at the National Fan Expo in Downtown Toronto, the actor discussed his enduring appeal as a horror icon, his recent flirtation with putting Freddy’s face on again, and his actually quite impressive knowledge of the geography of Canada’s largest city. (more…)
MTV has enjoyed tremendous success with its series version of Teen Wolf, despite the fact that, in essence, it has precious little to do with the Michael J. Fox film of the same name. Can the cable network catch lightning in a bottle with Scream, a new show based on the Kevin Williamson-written/Wes Craven-directed franchise of the same name? Leaving that aside, it seems that Scream the series is getting closer to reality with the release of character descriptions for the main cast members and the news that Craven himself will continue his Scream-streak in the director’s chair. (more…)
Scream 4 came out in 2011 to less than spectacular results, a fact that was both surprising (the first three movies were blockbusters) and unsurprising (but that was ten years earlier). But so confident was Dimension Films that there was still money in the franchise, they greenlit a Scream 5 before the release of number four, but two-and-a-half years later, there’s been no talk about progress on a fifth Scream, and instead there’s been a lot of talk about a Scream TV show. So where do things sit with Scream? Let’s wish upon a Weinstein for the answer…
Harvey Weinstein, while talking to a crowd attending the Zurich International Film Festival, offered some words about Scream beginning with an update on the next film, which Weinstein hopes will be the last one. “Everyone lived in Scream 4,” he told the audience. “I’m begging him to do the movie and just end it. We’ve milked that cow.”
Nice to hear a studio exec use that analogy when talking about one of his artistic properties. To be fair, not “everyone lived” in Scream 4, but I take it he referred specifically to David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, the stars of all four Scream movies. Personally, I don’t see what the point of having a grand finale Scream 5 would be, I think Scream 4 is a pretty good coda for the franchise as it is, and maybe made a little bit of a statement about trying to recapture lightning in a bottle. But then again, Scream 5 isn’t the only potential future Scream project.
Weinstein also talked about the in-development Scream series for MTV. Surprisingly, the Hollywood titan divulged that the series wouldn’t have much in common with the movies aside from the name, and instead it will deal with more supernatural happenings as opposed to real world threats like teenage slasher killers.
It makes sense, but it’s curious given the involvement of former Criminal Minds writers Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, who are writing the pilot, because serial killers are right up their alley. Still, following around a Ghost Face killer all season long is probably unsustainable for a series, even if it would be an interesting, slasher movie spin on recent acclaimed series like The Killing or Broadchurch. Either way, Wes Craven is directing the pilot with an eye for a summer 2014 debut.
Scream 5, meanwhile, has no script, stars or director.
What do you think Bastards, interested in more Scream?
MTV recently announced it’s green lite the development of a television series based on the horror franchise Scream. The word is that MTV is in talks to bring Horror Master Wes Craven into the production to direct the pilot episode. You can check out the portion of the MTV press release below.
NEW YORK, NY (April 25, 2013) – MTV announced today a pilot greenlight based on the hugely successful horror film franchise “Scream” with Dimension Films for MTV, plus the addition of three new series to its diverse programming slate, including “Generation Cryo,” “Nurse Nation” and “The Hook Up,” at its annual Upfront Presentation at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. In addition, the network announced the season three renewal of “Snooki & JWOWW” and highlighted an impressive programming slate of 15 returning hits. MTV is a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
MTV and Dimension Film’s one-hour pilot will reinvent the successful horror comedy franchise that spawned three sequels and unleashed “Ghostface” to a legion of unsuspecting fans. MTV and Dimension Films are in discussions with various writers for the potential series which would be slated for a summer 2014 debut on the network. Dimension Films is in discussions with the films’ original director and renowned filmmaker Wes Craven to direct the one-hour pilot. DiGa Vision will serve as a producer.
What do you think? Has it got a snow balls chance in hell of snagging Craven or getting past one season? I have to say the first thought that comes into my mind when I heard was:
“Oh great, it’ll be like Scary Movie and not Scream by the time MTV gets done with it.”
Do you have any faith in this project? Without Craven in at least an advisory role it’s got no chance to recapture that original magic. Although these days, a horror show on television has a much better chance of making it, look at Bates Motel and Hannibal. Peel back that one layer of psychological thriller and you’ve got a horror story.
Wes Craven‘s been making films for over 40 years, but he’s still charting new territory. Now he’s co-creating a comic book, which he will eventually turn into a movie, and he’s doing it with none other than Steve Niles of 30 Days of Night fame.
The project is called Coming of Rage, and it will be Craven and producer Arnold Rifkin‘s first publication through Liquid Comics, who they signed a partnership deal with in 2010. Craven created the concept, and writer Niles will pen the five-issue miniseries. The eventual film will be produced Rifkin and Liquid Comics CEO Sharad Devarajan.
There’s no word on concept or story for Coming of Rage save for the above teaser art, but Deadline is reporting that “it is pretty clear that there’ll be a healthy dose of horror, blood and suspense.”
Craven, best known for creating A Nightmare on Elm Street, has spent the last few years producing remakes of his popular prior hits like Nightmare, The Hills Have Eyes and Last House on the Left. His last two films were the sequel Scream 4, and his original screenplay My Soul to Take.
Coming of Rage is scheduled to be published sometime next year.
Source: Comic Book Resources
I went on IMDb to start writing this review, and I clicked on The Cabin in the Woods so I could call up the details, like the correct spelling of actors’ names and so forth. As I scrolled to the bottom of the page to where the message boards lie, I noticed one labelled “Evil Dead rip-off anyone?” Two things occurred: one, this poster clearly hadn’t see the movie as he obviously missed the point, and two, does Sam Raimi own the patent on young people going to a cabin in the woods and having bad things happen to them?
If Drew Goddard’s feature directorial debut reminds you of a horror movie you’ve previously seen, than good… It’s supposed to. This is no remake, no gross out torture porn, and especially no found footage trending piece. Think of Scream, or better still think of Wes Craven’s under-appreciated deconstruction of the franchise he created, New Nightmare. In Nightmare, Craven played on the original Nightmare on Elm Street, exploring the notion of Freddy Krueger as the embodiment of nightmares and human fascination with the horrific. The Cabin in the Woods is like that, but not really.
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