I have the script....
First off in case you guys don't know this is the first original script Wes Craven has written since New Nightmare. It's going to be his new film for Rogue pictures and he's just editing the movie now. It's a slasher and it's about a dead guy who returns (or does he?) to seek revenge on the teen's of a small American town. Now Craven stated at Comic con that this is the best work he has ever done. After reading the amazing opening sequence I can say this may be the case. However I'm not going into spoilers or asking any questions relateing to spoilers. Just to let u know I got the script and I'll put up a non spoiler review when I finish.
I just finished it.
The script starts off amazing. Some awsome stuff and the story and the ideas are just awsome, like Elm Street awsome in the originality. The teens are all likeable. You love them all and give a shit. Kind of like the gang in Dream Warriors. They are all fleshed out and likeable and most importantly you don't wanna see any of them die. Which brings me to my first main issue. You kind of don't. Don't get me wrong, a shit load of people get killed but the majority are off screen. Now I'm not even talking SMG/Ryan Phillipe IKWUDLS off screen. I mean the character leaves a scene and then two scenes later someone stumbles onto a body. No chase scene/nadda. Very frustrateing as it really would have elevated the script. When the one or two deaths happen on screen ( I mean one or two sadly) they are nasty, Craven as his best.
Another major issue was the lead female. She kind of gradually gets introduced into the film after a important set up in the begining. Then somehow manages to go through the film with no interaction with the main threat or horror elements. Comepletly pointless and leading nowhere. Don't be alarmed though, it's not a spoiler, the main focus is Bug.
This will be the only story info I give out. Basically a happily married man begins hearing voices. He has multiple personality disorder. However we learn he is open about this with his doctor and he and his voices get along fine, co existing. Then one night he hears a new voice. To sum up we learn he is the Riverdale slasher who has been murdering women around the area. The man freaks out and resolves, along with his good inner voices, to turn himself in. The voice of the slasher then forces him to murder his wife who is pregnent and attempt to kill his four year old daughter. By a mircale the unborn baby is saved. At the exact same moment six other women go into premature labor and thus the legend is set up. The Riverdale seven will be killed by their 15th birthdays as the Riverdale slasher returns for vegence. The gist is the seven children born that night all were actually each of the different personalities or 'souls' living within the father. The slasher will return to kill them all for decideing to turn him in. It's a great set up and has elemetns of Scream, Elm Street and even the Wicker Man.
Like I say the characters are all amazeing and each could easily be a lead. No filler here. You got...
Bug - The baby saved from the begining. He is innocent and a bit slow
Alex -Bugs best mate. A joker.
Brandon - The bullying jock
Jay - The geek
Jerome - Blind a musically gifted
Brittany - One of the 'It' girls at school
Penelope - She is a hysterically funny religious girl. Has some of the best dialogue in the entire film.
Obviously I won't give away who lives, who dies and who the killer is but it's awsome and nothing goes down like you'd expect.
When all is said and done I pains me to say the lack of the more generic slasher elements. I.E chase scenes, build up of threat etc really do hurt the film and I gotta say so much so I'd say this will be a solid Craven film but it could have been, I shit you not, up there with Elm Street. The idea is that good. It's let down by what I already mentioned and some poor pay offs on the later parts but ya never know maybe some things have changed. The film is due for release some time next spring. It will be a hard R for what little violence does happen on screen.