2011’s “Scream 4” was a flop, casting doubt on the future of the franchise and any further sequels. However, Ghostface will be back to terrorize audiences once more on June 30 -- this time from the small screen, where MTV hopes it’s reboot series will scare enough fans to produce a hit. A new trailer for the “Scream” TV series, released Monday, reveals a show paying tribute to the original films while attempting to leave its own unique mark on the iconic horror franchise.
The trailer pays homage to the opening scene from the original “Scream” from 1996. A young woman, Nina, played by Bella Thorne, is taunted through her phone by the dreaded Ghostface killer. Panic sets in when Nina finds her boyfriend’s severed head in the pool while taking a dip. The minute-and-a-half trailer then shows clips of the rest of the cast, including Willa Fitzgerald as Emma, Bex Taylor-Klaus as Audrey, Carlson Young as Brooke, Amadeus Serafini as Kieran, John Karna as Noah, Connor Weil as Will, Tracy Middendorf as Maggie and Jason Wiles as Sheriff Hudson as they contend with Ghostface’s re-emergence in the town.
Watch the “Scream” trailer below:
One detail may stick out to observant viewers – Ghostface’s mask. The most enduring image of the original “Scream” films is its killer’s Edvard Munch-inspired spooky, white mask. But Ghostface is getting a makeover for the MTV series, and the trailer reveals the new look. The new mask looks much more similar to those of Jason Voorhees from the “Friday the 13th” films and Michael Myers from the “Halloween” franchise.
Executive Producer Jaime Paglia told HitFix that the new mask was part of a conscious effort to differentiate the series from the movies.
“The [original] mask is so iconic. If you were to have that mask in a television series, but you weren’t following any of the characters [from the original], I believe that would be misleading the audience,” said Paglia.
Will the TV series revive the deadly franchise? Only time will tell. “Scream” premieres on MTV on June 30.