Mail from our readers
Lots of noisy responses to our Scream cover: Most readers were glad to see Campbell and the Arquettes back for a final slash session. Others took exception to us proclaiming the movie the best of its genre. ”Scream is not now, nor will it ever be, the ‘greatest slasher series of all,”’ complains John Hefner of Cabin John, Md. ”That is an honor reserved for Carpenter or Hitchcock, true masters of their field.” Erica Shultz of Quartz Hill, Calif., offers this high-pitched reaction: ”I can only hope you meant that it was the greatest money-making slasher series. I have a problem with horror movies that revolve around spoiled teenagers who have nothing better to do in life but hack away at each other.”
Though I thoroughly enjoyed your story on Scream 3, something in it shocked me (”Gore 2000”). You stated that The Sixth Sense ”became the most successful horror movie ever.” C’mon! Sure it’s made more money than any other horror film, but it’s not a horror movie. Sixth Sense was eerie, but it was slow-moving, had no action, and presented no fear.
Traverse City, Mich.
The most important lesson that Scream taught Hollywood was that the most successful films are the best-written films. Scream succeeded, not because horror movies were ”in,” but because the script was fresh and original. For similar reasons, recent horror movies (Idle Hands) have failed, not because it is a used-up genre, but because the movies were crap. Unfortunately, making your own bandwagon is a lot more expensive than jumping on someone else’s.
North Andover, Mass.
While I enjoyed your article, I think that using The Blair Witch Project as a new standard for the modern horror movie is nothing short of ridiculous. While Blair Witch’s concept was admittedly original, the execution was abysmal. Both Scream movies featured good ensemble performances, creative plot twists, and good old-fashioned jump-out-of-your-seat scares. Blair Witch gave us incoherent plotting, amateurish and unbelievable performances, and absolutely no scares. I hope that Scream 3 is incredibly successful, if only to make the world forget Blair Witch and bring any projected sequels to a screeching halt.
Martinsburg, W. Va.
I read with sorrow that Michael J. Fox will be quitting Spin City (”Fox Trots”). As a fan for many years (at one point in my teenage life actually dressing like him), I wish him and his family the best. I guess all those years of taping Family Ties and Spin City paid off.
Fort Irwin, Calif.
Winner: Dalton Ross for his accurate and humorous response to VH1’s Lennon-McCartney ”reunion.” Honorable Mention: EW for gainfully employing the stylings of Ken Tucker, Bruce Fretts, and Ross — TV critics who not only understand TV but actually seem to enjoy it.
Alaina M. Dixon
Kansas City, Mo.
‘Hurricane’ Part 2
I did not credit the Sports Illustrated article with providing the structure of The Hurricane. What I said was that the minute one assumed the story was the relationship between Rubin Carter and Lesra Martin, the book which Rubin wrote and Lesra read became the connective tissue between them. That, in turn, presupposed that one would have to start with Rubin in the cell writing the book and follow its journey into Lesra’s hands. I did not finalize a structure for the film until after I had read The 16th Round and Lazarus and the Hurricane and had personally interviewed Lesra Martin, Sam Chaiton, Terry Swinton, Lisa Peters, and Rubin Carter, and from Rubin’s living room, interviewed by telephone the prison guard portrayed in the film. I repeatedly told your reporter that I was sorry if the writer of the Sports Illustrated article harbored any ill feelings, but the basis for the film was the two books, tens [sic] of newspaper and magazine articles, court documents, and hundreds of hours of personal interviews with Rubin, Lesra, and the Canadians. Dan Gordon
Co-Screenwriter, The Hurricane
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
EDITOR’S NOTE: EW stands by its story.
CORRECTIONS: David Wechter and Bruce Kimmel wrote the original story treatment of The Faculty (”Gore 2000”). Actor Joe Breen is pictured on the movie poster and paperback book cover of Angela’s Ashes.