New ‘Scream 4′ Trailer: Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts & Some Familiar Faces Battle Ghostface

If you’re not yet excited for “Scream 4,” you should probably started getting pumped right about now. Dimension Films has released a new trailer for the upcoming horror satire, and it definitely gives a better feel for what we can expect than the previous teaser did.

The best parts of the trailer come when it pokes fun at all the horror tropes of the past 10 years. For instance, when Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) won’t tell his wife, hard-nosed reporter Gale Weathers-Riley (Courtney Cox), what’s going on, she responds that his “classified information” is already all over the Internet. Ghostface challenges newcomer Kirby Reed (Hayden Panettiere) to name a remake of a classic horror film, and before he can finish his question she starts spouting out a dozen films. Oh, and apparently virgins can die now. Hit the jump to watch the trailer!

The “Scream” franchise has always been about more than just ridiculous kills (though it does have those); it’s been about poking fun at the clich├ęd genre and making a great movie at the same time. I can now understand and why Wes Craven felt the need to return to the series and reboot it 10 years later… because a lot has happened to horror in the past decade. The rules have changed; not just in the context of the film, but in the context of the genre.

The trailer still has yet to show how the newer generation — Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin — will exactly fit in with the old hats — Neve Campbell, Cox, Arquette — but we’ve gotten some clues. Roberts plays Sidney Prescott’s cousin Jill Roberts, which we can assume makes her a target by association. And it looks like Adam Brody and Anthony Anderson are the new up-and-coming police officers under the now-Sheriff Dewey.

However the pieces fit, it will be exciting — and a hell of a lot of fun — to see these two generations working together to stop the new Ghostface killer. “Scream 4″ slices its way into theaters April 15.

Did you like the way the “Scream 4″ trailer pokes fun at the horror genre? Are you psyched to see the movie?