More Meta Mayhem in the New 'Scream 4' Trailer

scream225.jpgIt's never a good thing when a high-profile screenwriter gets the axe and a series creator tweets his discontent in the middle of production, but hey, how about a few dozen meta jokes? Revel in the fast-paced, action-packed, self-referential Scream-iness of the new Scream 4 trailer that just hit the web and forget about all the dramarama behind the scenes. Ghostface is back, and he's got a 4G wireless broadband connection!

Well, that's assuming Ghostface is one of the handful of characters wielding cell phones in the trailer, which highlights Woodsboro's prettiest would-be slasher victims, past and present. Original survivor Sidney Prescott, now a bestselling author, returns to her home town ten years after the last Ghostface attack only to find a new generation of smart-alecky teens (Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella) obsessing over the legendary serial killer.

With that jaunty music and so many soon-to-be-dead obnoxious teenagers just begging to be offed, the second trailer plays up the film's macabre comic angle much more than the first one did, promising a return to franchise form for the viewers out there who like their post-modern horror all zippy and meta. Scream 4 hits theaters April 15.

VERDICT: Screamier times 4. Color me intrigued!