3 Crappy Business Tips from ‘Scream 4’
The Scream franchise is one of my favorites of all time. Although it’s hard to compare one genre with another, I rank it up there with Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. That’s blasphemy to snobby film critics, I’m sure, but I said “my favorite” not “most revered of all time for people that eat foie gras and pronounce ‘croissant’ with a fake French accent.” Plus, the last Lord of the Rings movie got a boatload of Oscars, so there’s really no accounting for taste. The fourth movie – SCRE4M if you must – opened to disappointing box office totals and has gotten middling reviews across the board. Don’t want your latest product or service to be a huge disappointment after a series of successes? Then make sure you DON’T follow any of the tips Scream 4 has to offer.
WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS A BIG-ASS SPOILER FOR A VICTIM IN SCREAM 4.
1) Take small details and exaggerate them to the point of ridiculousness.
One of the things I love most about the Scream movies is that the killer was human. Not only was it screwed up that you know and trust your friends’ killer, but Ghostface actually stumbled and reacted to being attacked.
2) Don’t listen to advice from people with experience.
3) Treat customers like they’re stupid, especially by repeating yourself over and over and over and over and over…
a) feeling talked down to
b) start picturing you as a slimy politician with programmed talking points, and/or
c) wanting to burn down your house and slaughter everyone you love.
Oops, sorry, that last one was just me after watching the Head-On commercials. So what other business tips can you pull from Scream 4? Anything from movie franchises in general? What does Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, and James Bond do so well over so many years to make them so successful? What did you think of the bullshit last fifteen minutes of Scream 4? Sound off in the comments below! Until next time, keep expanding your brand!
An old ‘G’ that’s been working for QLP since it was in Bret’s basement – Jana has been writing since she made up a story about a Jana-Tiger that liked rocky road ice cream and got straight A’s. She enjoys writing about marketing and pop culture, posting a ‘Die Hard’ article as often as she’s allowed. She is inspired by the articles at Cracked and frequently wears a Snuggie in the office. You can also connect with Jana on Google+.