Scream 4 Directed by: Wes Craven Written by: Kevin Williamsen (screenplay) Starring: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Emma Roberts, and David Arquette
Scream 4 makes you wonder what other veteran directors would do if they were offered the chance to comment on the modern state of their respective genres. How would Alfred Hitchcock approach Hanna? How would Billy Wilder tackle Your Highness?
Sadly, instead of real filmmakers taking a stab at the confines of their own genres, we get films like the Scary Movie franchise, which set out to mock, scored a few laughs in the first few films, and then became a mockery. The state of modern movies is just that: movies unintentionally mocking their genres, so much so that it may be hard for many in a modern audience to realize Scream 4 is doing it intentionally.
Notable films:Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Red Eye
Famous for:Horror with American allegory, heavy amounts of blood and gore, genre subversion, self-aware horror, torturing a female lead and sometimes letting her live.
Hypothetical premise: Honors student Jane is in the transitional summer between high school or college and has just been informed that her job at the ice cream station has been terminated because it is going out of business. With absolutely nothing tying her down, she decides to fly to Europe for the summer with her two best friends. This is set up in the first few episodes.