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The Good, The Bad, and the Bogus: Modern Horror Heroines

Alexandra-Daddario-Texas-Chainsaw-3DAlexandra Daddario certainly made for a kick-ass heroine battling Graham Sutter in Bereavement, but can she take on Leatherface? Watching a slasher run around, chopping up helpless victims is almost always a good time, but the experience necessitates a strong leading lady. With a market currently oversaturated with sequels, prequels, reboots, and just a few original ideas, we’re left with a wide range of heroines – the good old charming fighters, the ones that are there to give the killer something pretty to chase and nothing more, and then there are those that land somewhere in the middle courtesy of an outlandish twist or wacky behavior.

Where will Daddario fall on the spectrum? We’ll have to wait until Texas Chainsaw 3D hits on January 4th to see, but in the meantime, check out the name these modern horror heroines made for themselves during their bloodbaths.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Bogus: Big Screen Villainesses

It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Julia Roberts back on the big screen – well, in an enjoyable and lucrative type of way. It’s tough to say whether or not Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror will get this iconic A-lister back on track, but based on all the promotional material that’s hit thus far, it sure looks like Roberts had a blast playing the Evil Queen.

Before we find out whether or not Roberts does do this big time baddie justice, let’s check out what she’s up against by taking a look at the good, bad and bogus of big screen villainesses.

Good: The Wicked Witch of the West

Do anything remotely mean to a dog and you’re evil to the max in my book. But not only does The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West threaten poor Toto, she unleashes her wrath upon just about everyone in the film, a band of the most innocent and loveable characters cinema has to offer. Sure, Dorothy had a little something to do with the death of the Wicked Witch’s sister, but a simple “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” might have been the more appropriate route. The Wicked Witch of the West is evil in the purest form and, in turn, has become one of the most iconic villainesses in film history.

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Review: Scream 4

There’s no beginning this review without acknowledging that I’m a diehard franchise fan. While I was thrilled to death over the announcement of Scream 4, of course the excitement came with a twinge of nervous skepticism. What if Scream 4 tarnished the original trilogy? Well, I’ve got good news; Scream 4 doesn’t do that in the least. While the film does boast quite a few throwbacks ranging from character traits, to comparable visuals to direct references to the original story, Scream 4 isn’t exactly a reboot; it’s more of a reimagining and if you don’t mind the change in tone, it’s quite enjoyable.

Original trilogy heroine Sidney Prescott (Never Campbell) is back in Woodsboro promoting her new book, “Out of Darkness.” Old friends Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley (Courteney Cox and David Arquette) welcome her with semi-open arms, the high school Cinema Club treats her like a town icon and others steer clear knowing everyone in Sidney’s life ultimately meets a gory demise. Sure enough, the folks running scared have the right idea because even after being Ghostface-free for a decade, the bowie knife touting serial killer douses Sid’s world in blood and carnage yet again.

Per usual, everyone’s at risk, Sidney’s publicist (Alison Brie), Sheriff Riley’s deputies (Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody and Marley Shelton) and, of course, Sid’s younger cousin, Jill (Emma Roberts). Just like Sidney back in the day, Jill comes with a band of buddies including her snarky, but devoted best friend, Kirby (Hayden Panettiere), creepy ex-boyfriend, Trevor (Nico Tortorella) and film geeks Charlie and Robbie (Rory Culkin and Erik Knudsen); or better yet Tatum, Billy and Randy divided by two. The younger generation is up on the “new rules” and the Ghostface bloodbath vets boast a degree of know-how thanks to past massacres, but each and every one of them is as vulnerable as the next and, in true franchise fashion, “everybody’s a suspect.”

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Interview: Scream 4 Director Wes Craven

When I was 10 years old I sat next to my mother and watched Casey Becker, sans insides, hang from a tree. Yes, the image made it tough to sleep at night for quite a bit, but Scream also left a long-lasting impression in the best way possible. Just a year later, my grandparents were kind enough to take me for not one, but two viewings of Scream 2 and finally, by 2000, I found ways to sneak into R-rated movies so I could enjoy the third film minus a guardian. Having grown up with this franchise, getting to speak with Wes Craven about resurrecting the franchise with Scream 4 is honestly a dream come true.

On the other hand, the pressure is on for Craven. I’m not the only moviegoer who’s a dedicated franchise fan, meaning that in Scream 4 Craven doesn’t just have to do the original films justice, but he’s got to offer something new. No, the general story of Scream 4 or the decision to make another Scream film for that matter didn’t come from Craven, but the director certainly had a strong impact on the project from the moment Bob Weinstein offered him the gig.

Check out everything Craven had to say about bringing the franchise back to life, summoning the old, adding some new and where we can expect the series to go from here.

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‘Scream 4’ vs. ‘Final Destination 5’: Battle Of The Horror Sequels

As a devoted fan of both the ‘Scream’ and ‘Final Destination’ franchises, the latest installments are two of the most highly anticipated releases of 2011. But, as much as I’m looking forward to ‘Scream 4’ on April 15th and to ‘Final Destination 5’ on August 26th, there’s no denying the fact that ‘Scream 3’ and ‘The Final Destination’ just weren’t very good. This is going to be a battle of redemption for each series and while our fingers are crossed both will exceed expectations, the horror film sequel odds are not in their favor.

Battle 1: Directors & Writers

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From the moment ‘Scream 4’ was announced, that seemed to be a likely winner. Why would Wes Craven return to a beloved franchise ten years later if he didn’t have a viable reason to do so? Originally, the answer was that he did have the reason to do so and it was likely because someone came up with a good story that made rebooting the franchise a worthy investment. After following the production process from beginning to end, hopes were still high, but then ‘My Soul to Take’ arrived and … yeah.

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‘Scream 4’ Casting 101: Deciphering the Details

What seemed like a swift, cut and dry process has become a sloppy heap of dropouts, replacements and script changes. As an avid franchise fan, there’s little that can dash my high hopes for Scream 4, but it’s hard to look at the recent developments and not be a little concerned. The latest development is the most troublesome of all: Kevin Williamson‘s departure. As we reported earlier, word on the net is that Williamson is out and the script now belongs to Ehren Kruger, the guy who gave us the series’ weakest installment, Scream 3.

I can go on and on about my disapproval of Kruger’s involvement, but if the news is true, that’s how it is and we’ll all just have to keep our fingers crossed. In the meantime, let’s breakdown all of this casting news to get a better picture of exactly what the story entails. I’m going to run down the roster according to this casting call posted back in April.

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Emma Roberts Will Scream For Wes Craven

More Scream 4 casting news has arrived and this time, it’s the real deal. Just last weekwe told you about Lake Bell’s early negotiations and Wed Craven’s effort to reel in Ashley Greene, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin. Well, it looks like one of the four isn’t going to be on the set when filming begins on June 28th in Ann Arbor, Michigan because, according to EW, Emma Roberts has officially claimed the role thought to be for Greene.

Roberts will play Jill, Sidney Prescott’s cousin and the new Scream heroine. Roberts told EW, “I’m so excited to be part of this ground-breaking franchise.” She added, “It’s the perfect opportunity for me to do something completely different than I’ve ever done before.” What? Hotel for Dogs isn’t your thing anymore?

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