While sitting here in a local restaurant watching the Scream MTV series with no sound and subtitles, I've been trying to eat and watch at the same time. So this article might be a little rough. Here we go!
The Scream MTV series is one that many fans have been curious about or just down-right insulted by. And so far, from what I've seen, there really is no reason to be insulted. The series starts off with an opening kill as seen in the first 8 minutes which was release last week. Unfortunately we will no longer see Bella Thorne running around in a bikini....kind of upsetting.
The show then jumps over to a group of high schoolers. This is our new group of victims...er....characters. We have our stereotypical, yet non-stereotypical cast here. You have characters similar to characters from the movie franchise, mainly speaking about Noah who is very similar to Randy. We have Emma, who is possibly connected to this new string of murders, Brooke (similar to Screams Tatum. She's also the "I don't care" bitch that sleeps with her teacher), Jake (Dumb Jock), Audrey (Bi-Curious Lesbian that walks around with video camera all the time), and Will (Emma's boyfriend who is already lying to her within the first fifteen minutes).
The show immediately gets into the meta-ness that the Scream films always offered. In a classroom discussion our characters begin talking about horror tv shows such as American Horror Story, Bates Motel and Hannibal. Questions rise as to why other horror movies such as Halloween can't be a TV series. The supposed answer to that is because "horror movies burn bright and fast. After the first body is found, it's only a matter of time before the bloodbath commences." This is true. 90 minutes of killing, sex, nudity, drinking, and partying is the usual running time for situations like this. So why can't Scream do this? Oh, wait! They already are.
So what did I think about the first episode? To be completely honest, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It really sticks with Wes Craven's dark humor and the meta-ness that Kevin Williamson wrote for all the Scream films. I'll admit, at first I thought this show was going to suck. However, you'll realize within the first twenty minutes, that it's not just a rip-off of the franchise, it's more-so a reboot with different characters and no mention of the previous films. This was the best way for the show to go IMO. It's a clean slate and it doesn't feel the need to be a continuation. This will allow a new group of viewers to see something that was similar to the Scream films whether they've seen the movies or not. It keeps what the movies did well and uses them to their advantage.
Now, I know that a lot of people were on the fence about the new mask and to say the least, it's not as bad as people are making it out to be. Yes, it's different, but just because it's different doesn't mean that it's horrible. I find this new mask creepy and extremely eerie. As scary as the original mask? In my opinion, a little, but again, this is all just opinion. With the silent stalking that our killer does, he has some traits similar to Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees, which can also be a good thing. He doesn't just jump out and then hide again. He takes his time, hides in the shadows and waits for a good time to attack.
The meta-ness, which I talked about a little above, works well in the first episode. Hopefully they continue this throughout the series. Unfortunately, I could see this going downhill fairly quickly. The humor is steady and brings some laughs to the series, especially when it comes to Noah. Noah is the horror buff that is oddly obsessed with serial killers. Should we be concerned? During a party, Noah goes on to discuss the reasons why there isn't a high chance of them getting killed while they're together drinking and partying. This scene feels exactly like Randy explaining the rules on how to survive a horror film. He's drunk and his words begin to slur.
So, what are some the new rules of a horror tv show?
1. You have to forget that it's a horror story.
2. The "who done it" may not be as important.
3. You need to care about these characters, live with them, love them, so when they are brutally murdered......it hurts.
4. You need to worry if the football team wins the big game.
5. You need to worry if the smokin hot teacher seems very interested in his female students.
6. You need to worry if the smart pretty girl forgives the dumb jock.
And here are some other things to remember...
Everyone has secrets, everyone tells lies and everyone is fair game....until there's no one left.
I don't want to spoil too much, so all I'm going to say is you should definitely go and check out the first episode which should be on MTV.com first thing tomorrow. The show has witty dialogue, interesting characters, high school drama, meta-ness, and a mystery that is already starting to unfold. I enjoyed it for what it was and didn't expect it to be exactly like Scream, but more of a reboot or retake. It works for what it wants to do and hopefully it continues!
What'd you guys think?