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Scream 4 international trailer takes meta-horror to levels never thought possible

Jan. 17, 2011by: Paul Tassi

You know, I'm all for meta-movies being self aware and breaking the fourth wall and all those cool tricks, but I think SCREAM 4 might be taking things a little too far here.

Yes, part of the genius of the earlier films was its commentary on modern horror clichs, but practically this entire trailer is made up of kids sitting around, speculating about who among them will die because of the latest crop of horror movie trends in this day and age.

This could either work, or it could end up trying too hard and lose itself by attemping to be overly clever. I want to have faith Craven still has it in him, but I just can't tell from anything I've seen yet.

Extra Tidbit: This filmed in my city. Hayden Panettiere had midgets going around dressed as Oompa Loompas inviting people to her birthday party in town. I swear.
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10:07AM on 01/18/2011

Looks better than expected

I saw the domestic trailer last weekend in front of Green Hornet and thought it looked ok, but I really like the international trailer. It looks really good. I'm a sucker for the first film and this looks like it might be in that vein. I hope i'm wrong, but I think I know who the killer is in this film already. Based on the trailer, I think I know.
I saw the domestic trailer last weekend in front of Green Hornet and thought it looked ok, but I really like the international trailer. It looks really good. I'm a sucker for the first film and this looks like it might be in that vein. I hope i'm wrong, but I think I know who the killer is in this film already. Based on the trailer, I think I know.
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2:52AM on 01/18/2011

From the min. the 3rd ended with literally an open door, I KNEW there would one day be a 4th no matter wtf Craven And Neve said. Like what was she doing with her career anyway?

They gave away too many kills... But God Am I LOVING THIS! So it's a copy cat killer or killer like Mickey from 2 but they or him or her are copying the "Stab" series instead of the factual events? SMART. I knew Williamson had a few tricks up his sleeve when he first spoke about contemplating a new trilogy. "NONE OF THE ABOVE!" AWESOME!
They gave away too many kills... But God Am I LOVING THIS! So it's a copy cat killer or killer like Mickey from 2 but they or him or her are copying the "Stab" series instead of the factual events? SMART. I knew Williamson had a few tricks up his sleeve when he first spoke about contemplating a new trilogy. "NONE OF THE ABOVE!" AWESOME!
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2:04AM on 01/18/2011

fuck yeah!

fuck yea...two times!
fuck yea...two times!
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11:32PM on 01/17/2011
Im liking a few things here: I liked how it started with a Nick Cave song, hope its a good soundtrack. I like Kieran Culkin as Jamie Kennedy. As annoying as he can be, I give Anthony Anderson the benifit of the doubt as the black guy comic relief. Good eye candy. Otherwise you know what your getting
Im liking a few things here: I liked how it started with a Nick Cave song, hope its a good soundtrack. I like Kieran Culkin as Jamie Kennedy. As annoying as he can be, I give Anthony Anderson the benifit of the doubt as the black guy comic relief. Good eye candy. Otherwise you know what your getting
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8:01PM on 01/17/2011
Not gonna watch the trailer cause I don't feel like spoiling myself, but this film is gonna make or break Craven I think. He hasn't made a good film since....well, since the last Scream, I think, and this will either show that he still has some relevance to modern horror or that he has no idea how to make a horror film that fits in the new age. My Soul To Take was a terrible attempt at a straight horror come back and it showed that Craven didn't know what good horror today was. He could come
Not gonna watch the trailer cause I don't feel like spoiling myself, but this film is gonna make or break Craven I think. He hasn't made a good film since....well, since the last Scream, I think, and this will either show that he still has some relevance to modern horror or that he has no idea how to make a horror film that fits in the new age. My Soul To Take was a terrible attempt at a straight horror come back and it showed that Craven didn't know what good horror today was. He could come back with this new Scream, but I'm not so sure.
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7:40PM on 01/17/2011
Count me in. Looks like its got a perfect combination of wit and thrills. Cast also seems good, hayden penatiere (sp?) looks like she actually does a very convincing job here and im very happy the original cast, writer, and director have all returned to this reboot. Combined with the positive buzz from the test screenings, this is definitely gonna be a good one.
Count me in. Looks like its got a perfect combination of wit and thrills. Cast also seems good, hayden penatiere (sp?) looks like she actually does a very convincing job here and im very happy the original cast, writer, and director have all returned to this reboot. Combined with the positive buzz from the test screenings, this is definitely gonna be a good one.
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7:34PM on 01/17/2011

I hate to admit it...

But growing up with these... I'm psyched. I'm all for Hollywood stopping with sequals and remakes, however, something about everyone being back makes me happy. Bring on April.
But growing up with these... I'm psyched. I'm all for Hollywood stopping with sequals and remakes, however, something about everyone being back makes me happy. Bring on April.
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7:29PM on 01/17/2011
I've always wanted to see the 4th Scream and seeing this trailer just only makes it so much better. Can't wait for April.
I've always wanted to see the 4th Scream and seeing this trailer just only makes it so much better. Can't wait for April.
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7:25PM on 01/17/2011
Well, I hate to say it, but... is it April yet?!
Well, I hate to say it, but... is it April yet?!
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7:14PM on 01/17/2011
I'll see it... I've always liked the Scream films... never been a horror fan but the Scream films were fun and this looks just as fun. Plus, they were huge when I was in middle school... So there's a little bit of a nostalgia factor going on too. First time I think I've been around when the originals were big and then seeing it be rebooted years later... Most of the other classic horror films were before my time so reboots were just reboots of old films. So yeah, even if it's terrible, I'll
I'll see it... I've always liked the Scream films... never been a horror fan but the Scream films were fun and this looks just as fun. Plus, they were huge when I was in middle school... So there's a little bit of a nostalgia factor going on too. First time I think I've been around when the originals were big and then seeing it be rebooted years later... Most of the other classic horror films were before my time so reboots were just reboots of old films. So yeah, even if it's terrible, I'll still see it just because..
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6:32PM on 01/17/2011
I loved the first Scream but it's two sequels were awful and I really hate them revisiting the Stab concept as that didn't work in 97 and is just plain annoying now. Also, this trailer needs a spoiler alert as it gives away some pretty key deaths. To tis day them killing off Randy and keeping Sydney is like the biggest franchise mistake that isn't Jar Jar Binks.
I loved the first Scream but it's two sequels were awful and I really hate them revisiting the Stab concept as that didn't work in 97 and is just plain annoying now. Also, this trailer needs a spoiler alert as it gives away some pretty key deaths. To tis day them killing off Randy and keeping Sydney is like the biggest franchise mistake that isn't Jar Jar Binks.
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6:29PM on 01/17/2011
Looks ridiculous and has some of the worst writing I've heard in years. BUT the movie is going to bank so hard at the box office. I foresee two more new SCREAM movies in the immediate future.
Looks ridiculous and has some of the worst writing I've heard in years. BUT the movie is going to bank so hard at the box office. I foresee two more new SCREAM movies in the immediate future.
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2:58AM on 01/18/2011
Yeah. Ummm... Actually when Williamson first discussed the idea of a 4th he initially had in mind a new trilogy that he said was already written. So yeah, most likely. BTW I read that ON HERE a few years ago. lol Source - Joblo.com
Yeah. Ummm... Actually when Williamson first discussed the idea of a 4th he initially had in mind a new trilogy that he said was already written. So yeah, most likely. BTW I read that ON HERE a few years ago. lol Source - Joblo.com
6:25PM on 01/17/2011
I was only five years old when the original Scream came out and I saw it and each sequel that followed. I for one think this is probably the only horror franchise that had all good installments, this looks no different. The trailer was impressive and I'm staying away from any reviews regarding this because I don't want a single thing spoiled.
I was only five years old when the original Scream came out and I saw it and each sequel that followed. I for one think this is probably the only horror franchise that had all good installments, this looks no different. The trailer was impressive and I'm staying away from any reviews regarding this because I don't want a single thing spoiled.
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6:00PM on 01/17/2011
They give away too many of the deaths.
They give away too many of the deaths.
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5:55PM on 01/17/2011
Pass
Pass
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5:09PM on 01/17/2011

I love how some ppl

are trying so hard to not admit to themselves this can and will be good. HA. Can't wait :)
are trying so hard to not admit to themselves this can and will be good. HA. Can't wait :)
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3:56PM on 01/17/2011
I'm excited for it, even if it's not as fresh as they say it will be, it should still be fun by the looks of this. Also I hope Gail doesn't die, because the trailer would make it look obvious when. But they always do that stuff in trailers to throw you off.
I'm excited for it, even if it's not as fresh as they say it will be, it should still be fun by the looks of this. Also I hope Gail doesn't die, because the trailer would make it look obvious when. But they always do that stuff in trailers to throw you off.
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3:21PM on 01/17/2011
Can't wait how this Scream translates to the new generation. Also, Alison Brie is in it, so I'ma be there!
Can't wait how this Scream translates to the new generation. Also, Alison Brie is in it, so I'ma be there!
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2:28PM on 01/17/2011
I'm part of the SCREAM generation, man. You know I'll be there. Looks great.
I'm part of the SCREAM generation, man. You know I'll be there. Looks great.
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2:05PM on 01/17/2011

Can't Wait Either...

Looks like fun. Most of the dialogue in the trailer seems clever to me. As for as the self-referential meta stuff: Craven and Williamson did a great job skating the line between self-aware and flat-out scary in the first two Scream films, and I'm hoping they can do it again. Positive early word was a relief, and I hope the movie lives up to it. I have a lot of affection for this series. Kind of excited to be honest.
Looks like fun. Most of the dialogue in the trailer seems clever to me. As for as the self-referential meta stuff: Craven and Williamson did a great job skating the line between self-aware and flat-out scary in the first two Scream films, and I'm hoping they can do it again. Positive early word was a relief, and I hope the movie lives up to it. I have a lot of affection for this series. Kind of excited to be honest.
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1:59PM on 01/17/2011
Well at least I know how a bunch of people die. Question is: why should I pay to see the rest of it?
Well at least I know how a bunch of people die. Question is: why should I pay to see the rest of it?
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1:40PM on 01/17/2011
I really dislike this trailer, it seems patronizing in it's attempts to show a lot of characters getting attacked/killed. It's as if it's desperately trying to convince us it IS a horror movie and people WILL get killed (Which we'd instantly know straight off the bat anyway). And, obviously, it ruins any suspense or scares that occur watching it on the big screen.
I really dislike this trailer, it seems patronizing in it's attempts to show a lot of characters getting attacked/killed. It's as if it's desperately trying to convince us it IS a horror movie and people WILL get killed (Which we'd instantly know straight off the bat anyway). And, obviously, it ruins any suspense or scares that occur watching it on the big screen.
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1:37PM on 01/17/2011
It's gonna be an a-okay night of terror at the Theater,Cinema or perhaps Drive-In! Mr.Tassi. ; )
It's gonna be an a-okay night of terror at the Theater,Cinema or perhaps Drive-In! Mr.Tassi. ; )
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1:32PM on 01/17/2011
It looked entirely passable, but in order to be good, it should be (and hopefully will be) so much more.
It looked entirely passable, but in order to be good, it should be (and hopefully will be) so much more.
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1:10PM on 01/17/2011
Looks great there's a lot positive buzz around it from the screenings.
Looks great there's a lot positive buzz around it from the screenings.
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1:00PM on 01/17/2011

Can't Wait

i was young when Scream came out. I'm part of that generation, so I am stoked to see another one. Are they Oscar potential films, no. But they are fun "who's the killer" films. I'll be there at midnight.
i was young when Scream came out. I'm part of that generation, so I am stoked to see another one. Are they Oscar potential films, no. But they are fun "who's the killer" films. I'll be there at midnight.
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12:59PM on 01/17/2011

Regardless of whether it's shit or not...

....it's gonna make lots of money.
....it's gonna make lots of money.
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12:53PM on 01/17/2011

mr

looks like doggy doo, Wes just retire, Red Eye+best movie he ever made, and that wasn't that great.
looks like doggy doo, Wes just retire, Red Eye+best movie he ever made, and that wasn't that great.
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12:47PM on 01/17/2011
Looks like a Scream movie. I'll see it.
Looks like a Scream movie. I'll see it.
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12:46PM on 01/17/2011

Whole lot of meh

I just really don't know how to feel about this film. The first two movies were classics, but I haven't even bothered to watch them in years. The third one was beyond awful and while I don't think this one will be as bad as that one I'm still not sold. For one Craven has made nothing but crap since the first trilogy and really makes me think he doesn't have it in him anymore. Secondly this trailer does nothing to excite me. Some of it looks too comedic which is a major reason the third one
I just really don't know how to feel about this film. The first two movies were classics, but I haven't even bothered to watch them in years. The third one was beyond awful and while I don't think this one will be as bad as that one I'm still not sold. For one Craven has made nothing but crap since the first trilogy and really makes me think he doesn't have it in him anymore. Secondly this trailer does nothing to excite me. Some of it looks too comedic which is a major reason the third one sucked. I guess I'll wait for word of mouth on this one.
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