Did you know that the inspiration behind Ghostface was the painting by Edvard Munch titled "The Scream?" Munch describes his inspiration for the painting in his diary titled Nice 22.01.1892:
"I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the
sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence –
there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an
infinite scream passing through nature."
Sounds pretty creepy and the start of a psycho killer. I expected "SCRE4M" to follow the original stereotypical horror crap that's out in the dying genre today. Wes Craven proved me wrong and also put a spin on the "crap" that's out in the world today.
The film begins with a solid and shocking opening that brings in the new generation of Woodsboro killings. Sidney (Neve Campbell), Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox) return as they find themselves in a new blood bath. The new generation of kids Jill (Emma Roberts), Kirby (Hayden Panettierre) etc.. all bring us back to 1996 when we first met Sidney and her friends. There's the good girl, the bad girl, the dumb girl, the odd boyfriend and the geeks. So who's the killer?
Craven's twist is taking a stab at the mockery around remakes. Every great horror film as been remade from "Halloween" to Craven's own "A Nightmare on Elm Street." The killer is trying to remake the original killings for his own fame. This new Ghostface adds Facebook, cameras and cell phones to his resume instead of landlines. The old rules don't apply anymore because anyone can die at anytime. This Ghostface does not only stab, but he cuts and applies torture to his victims. He's well educated in his horror films. According to Ghostface, "Psycho" did not start the slasher film sub-genre it was "Peeping Tom." Both films were released in 1960, but "Peeping Tom" beat "Psycho" by three months.
If you enjoyed the first three films, then this one will be a treat. Remember one thing- "The first rule of a remake is don't F@#$ with the original."