Scream fans are chomping at the bit for the upcoming movie in the slasher flick franchise, but it's fair to say its title isn't widely appreciated.
Following the release of Scream's very first trailer yesterday (October 12), viewers were quick to praise the promo, but many also questioned why it had to repeat the title of the original Wes Craven classic, rather than carrying on numerically with Scream 5.
In conversation with Empire Magazine, co-director Tyler Gillett (partnering up with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin once again here) addressed this specific criticism.
"It's not an accident that it's called Scream. For a multitude of reasons, we've had a lot of... feedback... over the choice to call it Scream, all of which is valid," he commented.
"And it wouldn't be Scream if it didn't explore itself fully. That's the nature of the movies. It understands what it is. And this movie is no different – it understands what it is, and how it fits in the lineage of Scream and in modern horror."
Mirroring the 1996 original, does this mean that the fifth instalment still remixes established horror tropes?
"I think it's a mixed bag, it's not one thing, Gillett added. "There are a few things at work when it comes to that. We have to be so annoyingly vague!"
Bettinelli-Olpin went on to tease how legacy characters Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley's gaps will be filled in.
"One of the most exciting things reading the script was finding out where these characters, who we love, are now. Because it's been 10 years since we've seen them, and they've been through some shit.
"And to see how they've dealt with it, that trauma, that grief from the Ghostface attacks, to see where they were in their personal lives was thrilling for us reading it.
"All Scream fans have the same question. This movie goes out of its way to answer it in a way that is very real, very true and very emotional. It grounds the movie in a lot of ways."
Scream slashes into cinemas on January 14, 2022.
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