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Old Ghosts & New Blood: A Scream Generation Gap

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Old Ghosts & New Blood: A Scream Generation Gap

Dimension Films

Old Ghosts & New Blood: A Scream Generation Gap

Even with the monopolizing traditions of CG family fare, it was truly jarring to look at the box office numbers for the April 15th weekend and find that Rio, a kaleidoscopic spectacle complete with jive-talking birds resurrected from Dumbo, had snatched the top spot from Scream 4, a far more noteworthy resurrection of one of the most popular franchises of our time. Or, perhaps I should speak for myself. For someone so anxious to keep in step with the new, now and worthwhile, I feel grossly out of the loop in the wake of Scream 4’s release. It’s hardly just the film’s poor numbers that have me thrown, as following such things is folly that undermines a movie’s value anyway. It’s that Scream 4 seems to have come and gone in a flash even more fleeting than most of what’s churned out in our on-to-the-next society. Not only did people fail to peel themselves away from Shark Tank to catch the return of Sidney Prescott, most people, it seems, didn’t even really care to talk about it. EW ran a cover story, Neve Campbell got a five-question interview in Health, the reviews were middling, the end. Before it opened, I asked my partner’s 16-year-old brother what he thought about the movie, and he said, “It kinda looks okay, but I’d rather see Sucker Punch.” His best friend said, “They’re all the same anyway.”