Remember a time when watching horror fans made people look at you like you were going to go crazy and kill everyone around you? It is amazing how the times have changed, horror has started to become, dare I say, "mainstream". Now it is completely acceptable to watch and enjoy horror movies, with shows like The Walking Dead, Hannibal, Bates Motel and any number of the horror-based television shows out there. The newest slasher film to be given a television series is the 1996 Wes Craven masterpiece, Scream, but how will this new series stack up to the original film?
Not much information has been revealed about the new series, but MTV did release a short trailer that gives us a brief glimpse at the killer and what can be expected.
The first major difference that has fans of the 1996 film up in arms is the change to the beloved, iconic Ghostface mask. There have been no clear images of the new mask released, just a couple of really quick, fuzzy flashes of it in the trailer. From what can be seen, there are some pretty drastic differences. The shape, the color and all over style is different. According to the show's creators, the mask plays a vital role in the story as opposed to the random selection of the mask in the films. That was a huge leap made by creators to change such a vital part of the Scream franchise. This change could potentially be what makes or breaks the series.
The focus of the killer is no longer Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). The focus of the series is a popular girl named Emma Duvall (Willa Fitzgerald). This is kind of a cliche change. In the film, Sidney was a virginal, not so popular girl, which according to the rules of a slasher film, can't die and becomes our heroin and the popular girls die. It is however the same that the killer's main focus be a female. This change is not as drastic as the mask change that has some fans livid.
Another change is how the killings start. In the television series, the killer's inspiration comes from a viral YouTube video. Below are the synopsis for both the film and the new series. The differences are quite clear.
One year after the death of Sidney Prescott's (Campbell) mother, two students turn up gutted. When a serial killer appears, Sidney begins to suspect whether her mother's death and the two new deaths are related. No one is safe, as the killer begins to pick everyone off one by one. Everyone's a suspect in this case.
After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens - with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart - become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of an assassin who's out for blood.
There are clear changes that are made to move along with the times.
One huge thing the film and the series have in common are two huge names, Wes Craven and Harvey Weinstein. Both men are listed as Producers for the MTV series.
Show creators have announced a cameo of a pretty big name from the first Scream film, Drew Barrymore. Not details have been given as to what her cameo will entail or how long she will be a part of the show. Maybe there will be more famous faces show up, maybe Dewey will come to town.
Judging by the not-so-pleasant reactions from many Scream fans, the show could be a potential flop. The only change I see a problem with really is the mask. If Wes Craven believes in it enough to come on as a producer, how bad can it be? MTV had a show similar run this past winter called Eye Candy (you can watch the entire series on MTV's YouTube channel) starring Victoria Justice, and it was surprisingly really good. I am going to give the series a shot, who knows, it may be good. I think it could bring a whole new generation of fans to the Scream franchise.
The series premiers on MTV Tuesday, June 30th.