Tyler: Every two weeks Orrin and I get to gather to discuss how our featured horror movie might be used in the classroom. Today we tackle the Essential Question: Does Scream 4 accurately predict the rise of influencer culture.
What Are We Excited About
Tyler: Don’t Look Up, The Empty Man, The Deep by Christopher Golden
Orrin: Nothing much that’s new (or horror), but I started digging into the Shawscope box from Arrow with King Boxer.
Essential Question: Does Scream 4 accurately predict the rise of influencer culture.
Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.
- as The Voice
- as Trudie
- (as Shenae Grimes)
- as Marnie Cooper
- (as Brittany Robertson)
Scream 4 has a total of fourteen death scenes; all at least five to ten minutes long. Even with the minimum being five minutes, the death scenes alone would take up half of the film. The focus on the film is now on the brutality, as opposed to the story.
Scream4 might be the most gruesome installment of the franchise. The death of Olivia (Marielle Jaffe) is possibily the mostgruesome murder alone in the entire franchise. She is stabbed to death a number of times: herentire bed and room is covered with blood. Her walls are basically painted with blood, barely a speck of white from her wall is showing. She is thrown out of a window, and Ghostface shows
her off for her family to see. After she is stabbed to death, she gets her intestines spilled out. The camera focuses on a still shot of her covered in blood with her intestines covering her bed.There is also Jenny’s (Aimee Teegarden) brutal death. After she is stabbed in the back multiple times, she tries to escape through a garage door, an homage to the first Scream,and her back is crushed by the garage door. Even after this unimaginable torture, she is then stabbed in the chest,and is bound to a chair.Why does the look of someone tortured to death not terrify some viewers? Why does the amount of gore heighten so significantly by the fourth installment in the franchise? This escalation of grimness is important to note, as violence being repeatedly shown can change one’s perspective towards violence: “Chronic media violence exposure seems to have long-term effects on viewers’ attitudes toward violence and victims of violence through the process of desensitization.
Rules: 1. Filming Murders. Real Time: Eerily like mass shooters.
2. Opening Sequence
3. Kills are extreme
4. Be Gay. That joke didn’t land
5. Reverse is the new standard
Tik Tok and Mass Shootings.
“I don’t need friends I need fans”. Boy oh Boy. So fucking good.
Rules of Horror Movies:
Scream movies are always self aware. SM rewards those that aren’t.
Tyler: The Final Girls, The Faculty
Orrin: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014), and (hear me out here) the Veronica Mars movie, also from 2014
I feel like one of these should be either Tragedy Girls or Assassination Nation, but since I haven’t seen either of those, they can’t be.
Tyler has been the editor in chief of Signal Horizon since its conception. He is also the Director of Monsters 101 at Truman State University a class that pairs horror movie criticism with survival skills to help middle and high school students learn critical thinking. When he is not watching, teaching or thinking about horror he is the Director of Debate and Forensics at a high school in Kansas City, Missouri.