Monday’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” premiere was a lesson in how much louder teenage girls can scream when they’ve had a year of anticipation.
The Westwood scene for the “Twilight” sequel was exponentially larger than 2008’s: more cops, more fans, more theaters, more streets blocked off and, most off all, more screaming.
When star Robert Pattinson’s limo pulled up in front of the Village and Bruin theaters, the shear force of the high-pitched voices shrieking was enough to fill sails and move ships. Massive security guards had to put their full weight against the barriers when Pattinson crossed the street to sign autographs.
If there’s a difference between this and Beatlemania, it’s that now the girls scream while they’re taking cell-phone pictures.
At the Hammer after-party (an adjoining street was blocked off and tented to allow for 1,800 guests), Summit co-topper Rob Friedman said it’s movies like this “that make the business so much fun.”
“The fanbase owns this film,” said Summit co-topper Patrick Wachsberger. “We’re just the caretakers.”
Fan reaction in the target demo was off the charts, less so among older males.
“It’s the girl version of ‘Star Wars,’?” said Kevin Smith. “I was watching it with my 10-year-old daughter, and it made no sense to me whatsoever. It was as inscrutable as an Israeli film. I just don’t understand the politics of the region.”