Problem I have with sequels is that they often trend on redundancy. Sometimes the story doesn't really need to be continued since the point was already made clear with the first film, what saves those for me is when they approach the sequels from an entirely different angle and distinguish it from it's predecessors (ala' Exorcist 1 compared to 3). If the sequels to Scream are but a watered down rehash of what was already seen, chances are i'll have trouble getting into it, but your words hold the promise that each movie plays to an important underlying theme so that keeps me hopeful enough.
Yeah Wes Craven was one of the first to push the envelope back when he was still an indy filmmaker, the original Last House was shocking at the time. It's interesting that you brought up his "New Nightmare" movie since i'd consider that to be the best all around Elm street barring the b-horror campy fun I had with the 4th film, and the novelty of the original. I think NN is the first time he took the actors out of their elements and sorta broke a fourth wall (within the movie, not with the viewer) where past horror flicks were acknowledged, and where this was portrayed as the only "real" Elm street making the previous ones a fictional setup to it. In that sense, the way it was film and acted, I think it's tremendously underrated.
Didn't hear about the copycat killer stuff, maybe I have but it's too long ago to recall. It's not uncommon for the worry to be there, same thing happened with Natural Born Killers, the movie where Oliver Stone Glorifies the act of serial killing. Of course, his message was about how the MEDIA does that to spike interest, how they create celebrities out of people for their horrific crimes. It was a great social commentary in that regard since the media tells you "hey.. go in a theater, shoot down a shitload of people and you'll be famous!". That's the point of NBK, but ironically it could've been taken out of context, and could've in and of itself influence killings since the movie was Tarantino levels of stylish. (Tarantino did write the screenplay).
Let me say this about the Scream sequels: the contain the same general style that lets you know it's a Scream flick, but grew into adding more and more layers to separate each from the next. Part of me feels like you might not enjoy some of the third. Idk why, maybe the reveal and the weird ghost imagery will throw you off. Only a slight vibe. Hate to say it in case it steers you clear entirely, but formulating by what you seem to like/dislike, it's the one I can see you being lukewarm on. Def give II and/or IV a try. Well, second chance for II since you did see it once.
took things to a different level for me. Sole fact it ended up going the complete swerve route of being real life with a movie's elements coming through causing terror was tremendous. I remember watching it around last year and being blown away immediately. It's even better than I remembered at that point. Now it's just about cemented as not only the best Elm flick around, but one of my favorites from the genre. Robert Englund even gets offed in the movie. I LOVE THAT. Now this has sparked an urge to watch, rank, and go through all of the Nightmare on Elm St. franchise.
See, I didn't remember anything coming from Natural Born Killers
. But, that's b/c I was even younger when that was released. Only about three years old I think. I do love that movie too. The media frenzy being captured the way it was. You knew what Oliver Stone was driving at there. Sensationalism. The height of media acceptance by any means. Robert Downey Jr's character in it is one of my favorites. He captured those scummy "I'll air and film anything to spark ratings"
guy of host for his TV show. Not to mention Rodney Dangerfield in what had to be his darkest role, but being fantastic during it. Not to mention the laugh track behind all of it only to aid the humor that Dangerfield was normally associated with. Great stuff. It's a bit of a divisive flick, I've noticed. Buddy of mine HATES Oliver Stone. Not uncommon. I can't say I have much of an opinion on him directly, but NBK does it for me every time. Quentin had a role in the story. You had to know I'd be a fan with that fact.