"The Music of Woodsboro High"
Edited by Billy Bob D
I remember sitting down to read the finale of season 1 and being absolutely blown away by 2 things: how insanely action packed it was (not much plot development, but that's a complaint for another day) and the music selected for the ending scenes.
Who can forget Rufus Wainright softly sing, "nothing's gonna change my world" from a variation of the Beatles' song, "Across the Universe" as everything around our main characters was undoubtedly changing with every passing moment? A damn near tear came to my eye in those final moments as the buildings collapsed and they rised from the ashes and looked on in horror that nothing they knew from before would ever be the same: Jill started a new friendship with Olivia, Kirby lost her boyfriend, Roy became the hero and Chelsea was pregnant.
It's fitting those lyrics echoed over and over again as these are some of the most prominent reasons why the events in Scream 4 happen. Check this: Olivia continues her vicious ways but under the mask of being a friend, constantly manipulating Jill into believing that she's better than her which culminates with the fact that she not only steals Trevor from Jenny but in some odd way, from Jill also. Oh Jill, "nothing's gonna change [your] world," right?
But lately in season 3, Woodsboro High has been featuring more and more music, all of which have some underlying meaning to the action that's happening either in an ironic way or in a deep rooted, truly raw emotional way. One of my favorites is from Kanye West (never thought I'd say that) with the song "Street Lights." Jill watching Trevor kiss Jenny while (once again) the lyrics echo the very simple but effective words, "life's not fair, life's not fair."
Billy Bob D is no stranger to music though. Read Scream 5 and Scream 6 and you'll see more examples (another favorite, Niley singing "The Spider" while Ghostface is killing his latest victim, who could be described as in the song, the spider twirling in the drain meeting their demise). But something about a TV show drama, focused on teenagers nonetheless, really makes the Woodsboro High experience feel like a genuine one.
Each song seems to be CAREFULLY picked. "Monster" by Paramore not only sounds cool in many ways but BillyBobD assigned every lyric to a specific character in his ongoing story. Now that's attention to detail. And then the song plays out the end of the season 2 finale episode with Jill, obviously now a monster, grinning creepily into the mirror as a fly sits on her eyeball. But the lyrics say, "I'll stop the whole world from turning into a monster." Whoever that line was assigned to obviously fails in this mission, which makes the song's positive-tone seem a bit more ironic in retrospect, right? Actually, it's even more depressing now that we can rightfully guess this character was Marnie, who try as she might, tried to fix every problem that arised in season 2. She seems to be always caught in the crossfires between the two groups and their conflict, which she has nothing to do with. And in season 3, she gets a lot more attention than she previously did.
The latest two examples of music were brilliantly chosen. We'll start with "Cinema" by Benny Benassi and remixed by Skrillex. The choppy and chaotic tone of the song really puts us in the mind set of these deeply psychologically troubled teens, matched to romantic lyrics. The scene is Jill killing Freddy while Charlie watches. And we're hearing, "I could watch you for a lifetime, you're my favorite movie." We could say here is when Charlie falls in love not only with Jill but also with murder. To them, this is their twisted fairy tale and the song represents that fully.
And in the last episode, "Seven Devils" by the amazing Florence + The Machine brought forth a creepy and moody tone to the whole episode's final moments. Lyrically and matched to the action once again, we get a sense of where Jill's head is at and how her "sorceress" like ways are taking effect on poor Charlie Walker. Also take note in what she discovered the night before... that her body was still in that grave (something that requires an article of it's own), which echos in the lyrics of the song, "I was dead when I woke up this morning and I'll be dead before the day is done." You can't help but get a supernatural vibe is occurring that hasn't been fully explained yet. But there's only 2 episodes left until the series finale and surely, all will be revealed.
Surely, there are quite a few people who are reading these stories without the music and they're doing theirselves a great injustice. These songs are indeed PART of the story and just reading the words written out without that music is like missing out on half of the story. Why do that? You put the time into read the entire thing, you might as well get the full, intended experience. D also revealed the title of the next two episodes, "Almost Famous" and "Bad Karma." One could guess that these titles reflect the song choice of an Eminem song D was speaking of months earlier and the ending credits song to Scream 4. My guess is in the next episode, we get to see the deliberate planning of the events by Jill and Charlie, getting ever so close to their fame. And then with Bad Karma, someone's karma is finally going to come back and bite them. But who? That's the question, considering we know Trevor, Olivia and Jenny all get there's in the time frame of Scream 4, which all takes place during the four part season finale (which D keeps teasing that the events have been altered by always throwing us curveballs in the final moments of the last few episodes... so who knows WHAT will happen anymore!). "Bad karma's a bitch, dadada da dada, dadada da dadaaaaaa."
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