"What's your favorite scary movie?", asked Ghostface menacingly, minutes before he eviscerated Casey in her garden at the beginning of Scream. If she had time to think about it now, I'm pretty sure she would say, "...well it certainly ain't Scream 4." It wasn't that the movie totally sucked, it's just that it didn't live up to the very high standards of the original. With that in mind, do we really need a Scream 5?
Neve Cambell, who played Sidney Prescott in the slasher series, recently gave an interview to Collider to promote her new movie An Amish Murder (no, me neither), and when asked if there was any chance of Scream 5 happening, she replied:
We’ll see. I’m not sure they’re going to make it, to be honest. If that were to come up again and they were to approach me, I’d have a chat with them about it.
The only chat they need to have is about burning Ghostface's mask so it never graces our cinema screens again. The original Scream was very much a product of its time, cleverly self referencing itself and other horror movie tropes to give us a slasher flick that was both fresh and scary. It was a post-modern movie for a post-modern age. Scream 4 was none of those things. Unless the filmmakers can come up with something equally original and groundbreaking, I think it's time to disconnect the phone line and let the Scream franchise die a quiet and dignified death.
I could be totally on my own here though. Maybe you guys loved Scream 4 and want to see another installment. Let me know what you think in the comments.