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Script Pages Surface from MTV’s Scream Pilot; Early Look at What We Can Expect

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ghost2Given the fact that it’s set to premiere on MTV this coming October, it’s somewhat surprising that we’ve thus far learned so little about the upcoming “Scream” TV series. Today some pages from the pilot script have surfaced, providing us with a bit more insight into what we can expect.

We tip our hats to Bleeding Cool for getting its  hands on the pages, which reveal that the Jill Blotevogel-penned pilot episode is titled “Red Roses.” Much like the 1996 film, the series will kick off with the murder of a young girl and her boyfriend, the brutal crime opening up a window to the town’s troubled past.

Though the script makes no mention of Woodsboro or any of the characters the film franchise introduced us to, there is a new character named Noah who is clearly inspired by Scream‘s Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), as he’s a horror fan who seems to know a bit more than the other characters do.

Along with Noah will seemingly come a heavy emphasis on self-referential humor, which has become a trademark of the franchise. “Slasher movies burn bright and fast,” he remarks at one point in the script. “TV needs to stretch things out.”

Not surprisingly, there also looks to be an emphasis on social media and modern technology, as the script is littered with things like iPhones, tablets, and even a spoof of Siri wherein the robotic helper dials Pottery Barn when one of the characters is desperately trying to reach 911. It reads like Scream for the social media age, so to speak.

But what about the killer? There’s been much talk about whether or not the iconic “Ghostface” mask will be worn in the series, though the script doesn’t do much in terms of answering any of those questions. The only description of the killer indicates that he’s wearing a “terrifying mask” so your guess is as good as ours.

The series will center on a YouTube viral video gone wrong, which leads to adverse repercussions for 16-year-old Aubrey Jensen. Daughter of Pastor Jensen, Aubrey is filmed hooking up with a female friend at the start of the pilot, the video soon uploaded online for all to see.

Other characters include Nina Patterson and Tyler O’Neil, who made the film and put it online; Emma Duval, 16, a studious type but part of the popular set; Maggie, 40, Emma’s mom; Will Belmont, 16, basketball student and Emma’s boyfriend; queen bee Brooke Maddox; Will’s muscled wingman Jake Fitzgerald; the cute sporty Riley Marra; hot student Kieran Wilcox; teachers Fran Herbeck (50s), Seth Branson (late 20s), and Principal Showalter; and Sheriff Hudson.

And then there’s Rachel. And the memories of a disfigured killer from the Nineties, Brandon James. Whose body they never found…

Jill Blotevogel (“Harper’s Island”) is executive producer and showrunner; she also rewrote the original script by Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin. Under the Dimension TV production umbrella, Harvey and Bob Weinstein executive produce. Additional executive producers are Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena, and Cathy Konrad.

“The Killing’s” Bex Taylor-Klaus plays Aubrey Jensen. Also starring on the series are Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf, and Joel Gretsch. Jamie Travis directed the pilot.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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