But Escarpeta's casting isn't even the big news here, it's what he told About.com about the film. He said, "I think what they're going to do really, really well this time around, they're going to go back - the story, the plot, a lot of stuff is really going to matter." Go back as in revisit the old characters? Maybe and if that's what happens in film five and it's done tactfully, it really could hit home for franchise fans. That was one of my favorite elements of the second film. Each character had a connection to the death of one of the kids from the first film. They weren't in-your-face, desperate parallels, just simple occurrences that added an extra chill to the air.
Escarpeta also mentioned, "I think the last movie it was just about death. It was death, death, death, which is fine because that's what people want to see. But this time we're going to give them a little bit of everything - good story, great director - it's going to be good." Yes! At least someone on that set has a good sense of the fourth film's biggest misstep. Because of the extra dimension, the focus was almost entirely on the death scenes, not the characters. Yes, that may be fun for those looking for some gore, but it certainly takes the scare factor down a major notch. How can the potential of a character biting it be nerve wracking when you couldn't care less whether that person lives or dies?
That was also an issue in Escarpeta's last horror film, Friday the 13th. The opening sequence was brilliant; fantastic buildup, an impressive amount of character development for such a short period of time and then some innovative deaths to top it all off. But after that, we just got more of the same - blah kids losing their lives in ways we've seen before. And that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the film. Escarpeta's right, blood and guts are what people want; it's what I want to a point. And the caliber of the film also doesn't reflect Escarpeta's performance. In fact, his big moment was the most emotional of them all. The guy sounds like a major plus for FD5. He's got the horror experience and seems to have a good understanding of where this installment needs to go to make up for the last disaster.