Cary Hill’s amusement park horror flick, Scream Park, is in development on a sequel and you can be a part of making it a reality! Return To Scream Park, the follow up to the original, is currently undergoing a Kickstarter campaign and needs your assistance in getting it off the ground. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to read the script for Return to Scream Park and here are some (non-spoilery) thoughts on it.
The story picks up two years after the events of Scream Park with the Fright Land Amusement Park having been bought and in the process of renovation. The new company running the park brings in a group of college kids to help with the park’s renovation and get the park up and running. However, the town’s sheriff has an uneasy feeling about the park and its history and finds his gut feeling telling him that everything is not a-okay. He’s proven right when people start dying and the secrets of Fright Land get revealed.
While reading the script, I definitely got the sense that writer/director Cary Hill was creating something with a bigger scope than the original. The cast of characters has expanded in number and we have a variety of personality types. I liked seeing more diversity in the characters and felt the dialogue between them had some amusing interplay and there are some pretty funny lines. The inclusion of the sheriff and its deputies seems essential (I mean, after everything that happened before, it makes sense to have police interested in what’s happening at the park) and feels like a nod to Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, both great films to allude to purposefully or otherwise.
The script takes the original’s very simple story and expands it, creating a bigger mythology surrounding the park. I don’t want to get into any specifics but there is definitely more here than meets the eye. There are one or two threads in the story that don’t quite feel fully formed (the very end of the movie was omitted from the script I read so maybe that’s why) and some motivitations aren’t crystal clear but, despite that, it was a pretty fun read. There will be moments in the movie that will please horror fans (in the gore department) and it sounds like Hill really wants to focus on those moments by making sure the effects are well executed and worth every penny they put into them.
With Scream Park, Cary Hill showed great promise as a filmmaker and demonstrated he had a pretty good grasp of cinematic language. I’m really curious to see what he will do with a budget that is nearly triple the amount of the original and how he would execute the bigger scope of the movie. So count me in for Return to Scream Park! And don’t forget to check out the Kickstarter (here) to see what kind of cool rewards you can get for backing the sequel!
Be sure to follow Return to Scream Park on Twitter at @screamparkmovie, on Facebook and at screamparkmovie.com to keep updated on the sequel’s progress! The original Scream Park is available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, and Walmart.
by Ben McBride
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