“Hello, Sydney.” It is the iconic line of the infamous Ghostface killer. The face behind the mask can change from scream movie to scream movie, but that raspy Roger L. Jackson vocal performance remains the same. In fact, after all these years, it still threatens a woman who is arguably the best “last girl” of all time. Hence today’s new one scream trailer, which ends with Neve Campbell being threatened with the lofty claim that “it’s an honor”. As in, it’s an honor to be the latest slasher to stab you, sid, after five movies in 25 years.
That level of reverence and respect for Campbell’s beloved heroine is nice to see as a longtime fan of the franchise, and yet it’s also strange in a movie titled “Scream.” On paper, the film’s name would suggest this is a reboot – a fresh start for the series about a masked killer who makes deadly phone calls in the middle of the night. But in practice, 2022’s scream looks a lot like all scream Follow-ups to it: A sequel to the 1996 original, Sid, reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and bumbling cop Dewey (David Arquette) are swept up in another wave of copycat murders on Ghostface.
That’s because studio Paramount Pictures and production company Spyglass Media Group are following the latest trend to create a broad “legacy sequel” that would theoretically appeal to older fans and also market it as a reboot for the younger generations. The most successful variation on this formula to date has been that of David Gordon Green and Blumhouse Production Halloween (2018). Funnily enough, it’s the third movie in the franchise to be simply called “Halloween,” but unlike Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake, the 2018 variant of Green was a direct sequel to the 1978 original. It was also a follow-up. which ignored all the other meandering and confusing franchise sequels, remakes and resets – while still essentially being another attempt at a “Halloween II”.
That risky strategy of trying to get and eat your pie paid off, with the 2018 legacy sequel grossing $256 million worldwide. Hence the sequel this weekend, Halloween kills. When Den of Geek Recently sitting down with producer Jason Blum, he confirmed that his production company and Green were also looking for a similar remake of one of the greatest horror films of all time, the exorcist (1973). The new film will also be a sequel, which may or may not fully delve into the checkered franchise history that followed the original masterpiece. However, Blum revealed some interesting considerations happening on the studio side these days.
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