The Mind Robbers Ep. 97 – Nostalgic Screams

mindrobbersrssThis week, Matt read Big Fish and watching The Clone Wars while Scott played Shadow of Mordor. The trailers for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genisys, Pan, and Cinderella are all discussed along with a smattering of entertainment news stories. Then we review Matt’s movie pick double feature of Scream 3 and Scream 4.

NEXT: Tombstone and more!

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3 thoughts on “The Mind Robbers Ep. 97 – Nostalgic Screams

  1. Re: Scream 4 Ending

    I don’t know if the last bit of Scream 4 was always meant to be there or if they changed the movie’s ending went later on. Regardless of when the existing ending was thought up, I have a feeling the only reason they did it was for the “Don’t fuck with the original” punchline. I do love that line as the capper for all the meta stuff, but I’m with you guys on the lost potential of ending before the hospital sequence.

    Scott, I give you permission to retcon the Scream 4 hospital sequence as much as you want and write Scream 5. Put me in the universe where that movie happens!

    • Man, I totally loved that punchline. It’s so clever and wonderful and badass, but it makes the movie feel angry and resentful in a way that I… dislike. That Kevin Williamson wrote that line when coming back to this franchise that he created, that is his darling, it feels like he’s yelling at Scream 3 and using this movie to do it.

      And in the process he’s slamming the very movie he’s writing.

      In that, it feels angry and a bit cynical in the way that like… I don’t know. Have you ever felt writers being angry and cynical? At one point Dollhouse eventually descends to this (which is a preview for my interpretation when we get there), but perhaps the one that’s the best example is Robert Holmes writing Doctor Who. He was one angry dude, and every episode he has is various degrees of him yelling, with the results ranging from the badass delightful (“Brain of Morbius”, “Caves of Androzani”) to the subversive (“Ribos Operation”) to the downright unpleasant (“The Space Pirates”, “Power of Kroll”). Hell, even “Cabin in the Woods” is a really angry movie about other horror movies.

      I find I don’t mind a good healthy anger so long as it’s used to get to an interesting dramatic or thematic place. If it’s a good, angry story then that’s awesome. But the ending of Scream 4 felt bitter, which is…. not my favourite thing in the world and really did hurt the end of the movie for me.

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