Wes Craven’s best known to modern audiences– which is to say, the “younger generation”– as the director behind the Scream movies, a franchise that virtually kickstarted the entire horror-comedy genre. There are plenty of people that’ll tell you that we would’ve been a lot better off without that particular genre, but consider the alternative: horror films without the comedy that take themselves way too seriously, feature brooding teens that have become– in the 2000’s– positively emo. It’s a no-win situation really, and the latest Wes Craven movie that isn’t Scream 4 looks like it’ll probably be more emo, less comedy. See the trailer for My Soul to Keep for yourselves below, my gentle Examiner readers…
As we speak, Wes Craven is hard at work on the latest film in the Scream franchise, obviously titled Scream 4. As you may already know, the Scream series is the reason that so many horror films are packed full of pop culture references and comedy these days, as many studios rushed to copy the formula that Craven found so successful in the first Scream film: take a group of attractive teens, have them make fun of one another with pointed jokes about Showgirls, and have it all play out against the backdrop of a murder mystery.
But before we get to the newest of the Scream movies– which I’ll bet you right now contains at least one Lady Gaga joke during its 88 min running time (side bet: the film will be less than 90 minutes long; don’t ask me how I know, it’s a hunch)– Craven has another new movie on the horizon: My Soul to Take, which looks exactly like a Scream movie minus the comedy. If that sounds good to you, then you’ve probably never seen some of Craven’s non-Scream movies like The People Under The Stairs or Shocker, which demonstrate quite well why comedy is an essential ingredient to Craven’s flicks. By the way, I have no idea what that photo up top is of, either.
Let’s see what Craven’s cooked up below, and feel free to respond to the video in the comments section afterwards: