When I found out that one of my favorite horror series of all time was getting the TV treatment, I'll admit I was nervous. Scream is a hallowed part of my youth and the idea of it being mistreated in another medium is a knife in the guts.
I stopped worrying about that when I saw the trailer for the new Scream TV series - carrying all the tongue-in-cheek humor of the original, and some cool Easter Eggs and references that Scream fans will love.
Watch the Scream TV trailer then check the breakdown.
As an attentive horror fan, you will have picked up on a few familiar tropes...
The Movie Buff Smart-Ass
Randy Meeks' heir apparent is this guy, who delivers this snappy bit of sass:
"You can't do a slasher movie as a TV series. Slasher movies burn bright and fast - by the time the first body is found it's only an amount of time before the bloodbath commences."
The Classroom / Campus environment
Level-headed heroine and alternative handycam girl will be just a few of the kids on the chopping block for our new killer's machinations.
The Heart in a Box
The heart in a box is actually a reference to the My Bloody Valentine movies - 1981 or the 2009 reboot (pictured below).
Following the pattern of goofier jokes in sequels, the trailer hits us with its best shot: "Heads up!"
Now for the bigger, better references...
Tatum Riley in the garage
The 'Don't kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I want to be in the sequel' garage door near-escape from Tatum Riley is one of the best scenes in the original Scream movie. Pictured above is the portion of the trailer where a girl seems to be experiencing the same sort of terror.
Tatum's death was so beloved by fans that it was partially reversed in Scream 4 too (door-heavy action towards the end of this clip):
The Ultimate Classic Scream Reference...
My favorite thing about the trailer was the lovers, Nina and Tyler being swiftly dispatched in similar shock-shlock fashion to the original Scream opening sequence with Steve and Drew Barrymore's iconic Casey Becker.
Most aptly, Nina's mother screams in horror at seeing her daughter dead in the same way as Casey's mom - and both in front of a similar red door...
The Casey-style scene plays out well in this Scream TV show promo:
Pretty cool, huh? Of course, the big question we're longing to find an answer for is what will the NEW SCREAM MASK look like?
To see us out, here's the last promo for the Scream TV show, coming THIS SUMMER...