Welcome to episode seventeen of The Cinefessions Podcast! This week, Chris, Ashe, and Branden discuss the second to last episode of season one of the Scream TV Series entitled The Dance. They also debut a new segment where you can win some cool prizes! There is a lot of spoiler-free talk about the new PS4 exclusive, Until Dawn, as well, so enjoy!
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0:00:00 – 0:26:32 – Intro/Our Week in Media
0:26:33 – 0:32:22 – New Segment: Voice Actor’s Anonymous Giveaway (Win Death Race/Death Race 2)
0:30:23 – 1:07:14 – Scream: S1.E9 (The Dance) Review (Contains Spoilers!)
1:07:15 – 1:11:09 – Outro
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Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.
Great show guys. Thanks for doing these. I actually liked this episode. I didn’t love it like Branden but there were a few good bits that definitely made it better than those three middle episodes and last weeks episode.
I liked the Pulp Fiction costumes and couldn’t help but have a big smile when Noah put the music on and they danced. I thought it was great.
I really liked the Sheriff house scene too. I know its a horror staple but I got a strong Cherry Falls vibe from it. Although the first house he checks just happens to be the killers liar?! Come on…..
But I loved how it was filmed. And the reveal of the killer was subtle bit effective. No jump scare, just slow and creepy. Very much like the alternative opening from Scream 4
Now yeah my head was all fucked up with the visit to Branden James mother. First of all where has she been this whole show?? And second all the information she gave just doesn’t fit the shows timeline. Branden was dead before Emma’s mother gave birth. Then she even says the child was put up for immediate adoption so how could an alive Branden James be playing with his boy?
This got me thinking. The Scream film series is all about family. The lies and betrayals of family members is what leads to the killers. Scream 1, Billy was the killer due to an affair Sidneys mum had with his father that broke up his family. Scream 2, Billy’s mother the killer not only due to her rage of Sidney killing Billy but also I suspect Sidneys mother ruining her marriage etc. Scream 3, Sidneys half brother again due to her mothers sex life although the implied rape/coercion/gangbangs are definitely darker. Roman still was angry due to his mother abandoning him, for her relationship with Sidneys father. And Scream 4, Sidneys jealous cousin who is angry Sidney left her behind and forgot all about her blah blah blah.
So I’m thinking this series killer is definitely tied to Emma’s family. And here’s what I’m thinking. Branden James had TWO children. An older boy whom he was at least a father to for some time. And it seems like he was a good father. So this son is probably Branson (the homage to his father in his chosen name) because he had good feelings for his father until he was killed. So Branson could be a killer due to revenge. He probably blames Emma’s mum for his fathers death. Remember the killer likes the lullaby which Branden James mum specifically told us he sang to his son. Now the second child is the much younger one whom was conceived just before Brandens death. She was given up for adoption and therefore never got to know her parent/s. This is probably Piper. Notice how she said to Emma way back we are not so different you and I. That’s what Roman said to Sidney in Scream 3. Also what Dr Evil said to Austin Powers before their reveal as half brothers.
Piper maybe found Branson. Killed his girlfriend. Dont know why yet but you know. I don’t know that just seems to fit with the themes of Scream films about looking after your children, even the illegitimate ones, don’t abandon your children, and don’t forget about your family. Anyway. That’s my two cents. Any thoughts on these??
You have a great point about family being such a key element of the Scream movies. I like your picks for the killers as I share the same ones, and James having two sons would be an interesting twist. At this point, I have low expectations, but I’m hoping the show surprises me Tuesday night. I love that you picked up on the “we aren’t so different, you and I” line. That’s what put Piper on my radar way back in episode 4ish.
I agree with you about Kieran (re: your other comment). I think that’s just a way to throw us off. I feel like Kieran visited the mother to try and get answers, and just went along with whatever Cassie said in order for her to talk to him. You nailed it with the I Know What You Did Last Summer reference. It feels like that a lot. I noted in one episode that this is more than just a reboot of Scream, but more of a reboot of the slasher genre altogether. It takes elements from a lot of our favorite (or not so favorite) slasher films of the past and plays on them in the series, which I enjoy (A Nightmare on Elm Street, My Bloody Valentine, I Know What You Did Last Summer, just to name a few).
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Also the whole Kieren going to see Branden James mother? Hmm I dunno. Bit I’m guessing its classic third act main character might be killer bullshit. Very I Know What You Did Last Summer when Julie finds out that Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr) went to visit the sister of Ben Willis just before the final boat scenes