Planned Scream TV Show Reboot a Disservice to Fans 


Many fans were unhappy when MTV first announced plans to create a TV show based on the popular “Scream” series, but the first two seasons were actually surprisingly solid. In fact, the mythology that was woven throughout the initial 23 episodes was intriguing enough that fan reviews on IMDb have averaged a respectable 7.3/10 stars.

One of the main threads that kept people tuned in was the mystery of whether or not Brandon James was really dead. Many guesses were also made about the exact role that Emma’s mother, Maggie Duval, played in the events surrounding the murder of several teens 20 years ago.

The Halloween special that aired last year didn’t resolve any of these mysteries. Instead, it made them much more tantalizing, even if most of the rest of that double-length episode could have been skipped.

Now, we have a shortened third season on the horizon. Unfortunately, instead of using the planned six episodes to provide some resolution for the show’s many loose threads, MTV has opted to reboot everything. This means there will be a new city, new teens and, presumably, a new killer.

Reboots, remakes and sequels are a big part of the horror genre. Without them, the “Scream” TV show wouldn’t even exist. Still, it’s a big disservice to the fans to pull the plug on everything that was set up during the first two seasons in order to start all over again somewhere else.

MTV may not have been getting the ratings they wanted, but “Scream” has been doing well on Netflix. With a little more faith in their product, MTV could be producing the satisfying conclusion that fans were looking for. Sadly, it sounds like we might never find out what really happened to Brandon James.

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Haunted Attraction Press Release Sample: Shipwreck TerrorFest 2008

This is a press release/marketing piece that I created for Shipwreck TerrorFest in 2008. 

You are cordially invited to join the ghosts of history at the 14th Annual Halloween TerrorFest: Shipwreck ’08. This uniquely terrifying haunted attraction is hosted aboard the historically significant RMS Queen Mary, an impressive ocean liner moored in Long Beach, which sailed from 1936-1967 and is a Titanic look-alike.

With a staff of more than 500 living souls, and countless dead ones, the eight haunted mazes will introduce you to new levels of fear. Once you’re done with the haunts, stick around for live music, a dance party and the chance to meet our very own Mistress of Fright!

The truly brave can also spend the night on-board. Be sure to book your room now as they are filling up fast. Everything except for the hotel room can be yours for the shockingly low price of $34.

Shipwreck ’08 opens its doors on October 3 and will be ready to terrify you every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until November 1. The haunts will be open on Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until midnight and on Sundays from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. For more information, visit or call (562)-435-3511. Tickets are available on site or via

Shipwreck ’08: This one’s got it all; the creepiest ambiance, an experienced crew and the very real possibility that you’ll run into an actual ghost. Are you brave enough to board?

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