Scream: The TV Series Mask

In a few days, MTV’s take on “Scream,” the iconic and game-changing meta-slasher series from 1996, will finally grace our flat screens after expertly timed teasing throughout the last few months. Marathons of the four blockbuster films that followed the trials and tribulations of heroine Sidney Prescott (as she dealt with betrayal of the literal backstabbing kind from her family and friends, who all pegged Sid as the culprit for their societal ills and personal issues) have ramped up across America through MTV airings and personal home viewing parties that would make film geeks Randy Meeks and Charlie Walker blush in cinematic joy. Despite the constant gripes and whines of the film purists, the thirst for more “Scream” is still alive and well, so one would think that MTV’s Scream: The TV Series would be a more viable quencher until the stars of Sidney (Neve Campbell), Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and Gale Weathers-Riley (Courtney Cox) align again for a “Scream 5.”

But um… No. Not the case.

In recent weeks, MTV and Scream: The TV Series executive producers Jill Blotevogel and Jamie Paglia have made it their utmost mission to reiterate how their slice of the Scream pie would not follow the continuing saga of Sidney and the The Woodsboro/Windsor/Sunrise Studios murders; a fact that most fans understood once the setting moved from Woodsboro to Lakewood since it would be impossible to land the “Scream” trinity of Campbell, Cox, and Arquette to star in an ongoing TV series (despite each of them being widely available at the moment, but I digress). Plus continuing Sidney’s story would most definitely water down the intricate, fast paced narrative of the movie franchise that we’ve all come to love and adore, so a new locale, new cast, new mystery, and, begrudgingly, a new mask makes perfect sense.

So why the trepidation from this blogger and other “Scream” fans that the TV Series might miss the mark, and huge opportunity? Well this statement Scream: The TV Series Executive Producer Jamie Paglia explains my slight hesitation:

“…It felt like if we were going to do a show — Jill created these characters, and this new mythology and backstory that we have for the series that doesn’t follow any of our original characters — that one of the most iconic things about the series should also change, just to let everybody know this is an updated story line that’s going to have its own world, it’s own characters, and we’re not going to be beholden to any of those threads from the feature films.

Um, what?!

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Again, I get it. New cast. New town. New rules. New carnage. I’m all for that. I want all of that… as long as it remains within the tapestry of the “Scream” mythology. You can have “new” everything without touching on the original movie franchise, while having another playground to run rampant in somewhere else. The only thread that should tie the two franchises together is its own horror franchise within a horror franchise and that’s the Stab movies, and that there are serial killers all across America possibly dying for a chance at their time to shine. The killer(s) in Scream: The TV Series wouldn’t have to use a “1.99” Ghostface costume, because it’s what? Not original. The Scream movies, all the way up till the final movie with Sidney’s definitive line of, “Don’t fuck with the original,” has prided itself in discussing the concept of originality in horror films, so it would have been a great point to have the Lakewood Killer(s) have their own story to tell and use a totally different mask to achieve their goal. This way, the Sidney Prescott Saga would remain untouched while the TV Series could create their own legend, albeit within the same universe of Scream.

With all that said however, I seriously doubt this will take place within Scream: The TV Series, which is a shame. It could have carried on the tradition that Kevin Williamson, Wes Craven, and the cast and crew of the “Scream” saga have started without stepping on any toes, and not just related in name only. MTV has its own slasher property, My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen, which Blotevogel could have easily turned into a TV series with this very cast and storyline and no one would have blinked an eye. At least then, there would have been less concern on trying to sell the show to a built-in rabid audience, who feel slighted by a show who seems as if it’s connected by name only.

On the other hand, though, I’m going to not only give Scream: The TV Series a chance, but I’m also going to stick with it till the credits role on episode ten. I love horror movies, and I love a good slasher, so it’s a win-win for me.

Besides, I need something to tide me over until Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens premieres this fall.

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