The production of "Scream 4" in Michigan has added to the history of cinema in the region. Besides having the stars circulating among the people, the implement to the economy and tourism, the State also gains in social capital – a new set of experiences forming beliefs and concepts.
How many of us – that do not live there – would not give anything to have a workshop with Wes Craven whose theme is "The History of Horror After Psycho" at the University of Michigan? The course examines the social impact of thrillers, its past, present and future. Some students had this opportunity and heard the master of suspense talk about "My Soul To Take" and of course, 'Scream 4 ".
“‘Scream 4′ is very much about of analyzing the culture of violence and film. It’s been basically 10 years since a ‘Scream’, so that part of it, the Meta part, that standing off and looking at the culture, sort of analyzing it, that’s the subtext of ‘Scream 4′, among other things”
What has been out there today are the "Saw" style movies, which comes to gratuitous violence, but like "Scream," redefined the genre in its time.
“I feel like the audience is bored, like they’ve had enough of it. Like, ´Is that all you’ve got?´ In fact, that’s one of the things I guard myself against, is never trying to emulate. The few times that I’ve tried to do this have been quite disastrous [laughs]. I personally don’t like the “torture porn” stuff. I watched ‘Saw 1′ and, okay, that was kind of interesting, but it’s just not my cup of tea, so I don’t try to emulate it. Not to say that they’re bad films or anything, unless they get into the 7th and 8th and 10th iteration, then maybe.” [laughter] “Look, we’re doing ‘Scream 4′, so…” [laughs] [laughter] “As long as you keep it fresh!”
Although we imagine that probably there will be references to the style, considering that the"Saw" series have dominated the last years of the genre, how would they do differently?
“Well, the biggest thing about it is that’s exactly what it talks about. We’re all sick of sequels and what is the new genre of cinema and horror going to be? Of course, the plot is wrapping itself around what it will hopefully be, in the vision of Kevin (Williamson). It takes that on head-on; it’s all about that. Where do films go from here in the genre? What will make them different and not just more sequels or remakes?”
“‘Scream 4′ is unique. I can’t think of another film that is a tracking of three central characters over a span of 16 years now, with the same actors. You’re literally watching someone go from high school age to full adulthood, with Neve Campbell for instance.”
And to spice our curiosity up, Craven spoke about a murder.
“But literally I had a scene where somebody was going to be killed and it was described as, well, an incidence; he’s pinned to a seat, he’s in a car. That’s it? That’s what happens to a character I’ve been watching for 45 minutes? So I just really ask myself, all the time, “Have I seen this before? If not, what would be really fascinating and different? And would it be something that I would want to see? Would it grip me? Make me scream, or laugh, or something like that.”
Read the complete transcription of the course here.