What can I say about the “Scream” films? They gave us a laugh, they gave us some fright, and they even gave us a little bit of a whodunit mystery. What’s so great about the films, especially in the first few films, is the many references to horror movies in general. In the scripts, and in the final cut, motives, and obvious suspects were always talked about. In a way, it was fun to listen to, and it made you think about all the other horror movies that you grew up watching, at least it did for me. Wes Craven is the man known for the creation and success of those films. He’s quite the director. The “Scream” films were often referred to as a spoof, but I think that’s inaccurate. Spoofs are mostly comedy sketches of other films. And although other films were referenced in this franchise, it differs greatly from a spoof.
The moment this film came on the screen, it was plainly obvious how it intrigued everyone who was watching, not only because a character’s life was in danger, but also because other classic horror movies were mentioned as part of a “game” to taunt the character. This character, of course, was played by Drew Barrymore. Her appearance in the film was short lived, but I think she made a lasting impression.
I think, in a way, this film served as a homage to other horror films. At the time it was released, it was unique, and everyone enjoyed it. When it got to the point where everyone was talking about what motive you’d use if you were to go on killing spree, it made you think of your favorite horror movie villains, as well as your own inner demons. That gives you quite a rush. That’s what made this film so much fun to watch.
Another thing that made this film so unique was how it became notorious for stating “the rules of surviving horror movies.” That’s not something you hear very often in movies, and ever since then it made you think of every single character that has gotten killed in a horror film because of the rules they supposedly broke. Highly entertaining and amusing.
Getting to the serious part of the film, the motive for the killers, especially the main killer, was because of his feeling of abandonment, and who was ultimately responsible for that. That’s another thing that was so interesting. Naturally it got a happy ending. Typical Hollywood.
“Scream 2” (1997):
Many sequels usually pick up from where the original story left off. But that’s not always the case. In a way this sequel picked up a little while after the original events took place. The beginning was sort of funny and weird at the same time. And just like in the original, it made no sense to the rest of the story. Still, it made a very interesting beginning. After all, it’s not everyday you get to see Jada Pinkett, and Omar Epps get killed off in a film. That made the scene epic.
Killings are starting all over again from a mysterious caller who likes to play a “game” involving other horror movies. The thing about that, in this film, the killings didn’t always make sense. Why kill a random college girl that had nothing to do with everything else that was going on? This college girl was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. I can maybe see why they cast her in the film, but that doesn’t mean the scene she played in made sense. That’s what I think anyway. “Randy’s” death scene is one of my least favorites. He was one of my favorite characters, so losing him was terrible.
Getting to the motive, like in the original, there were two killers. One killer’s motives made no sense, opting to blame movies for influencing him. The other killer, which was the main killer, was the mother of one of the killers in part one. That’s where it got interesting. Her motive made perfect sense. A mother coming back for revenge is an aspect in a story that you can’t go wrong with. That was one of the parts that was memorable. Not only that, you got to see a character in the original, who was in prison, become exonerated when it was found out he was innocent of killing the mother of the central character, Sidney Prescott.
“Scream 3” (2000):
I loved seeing all of the original characters come back for yet another sequel. From the beginning, everyone wondered, what will be the story now? Who is going to be the killer and why kill off more people? Here, you got to see the character “Randy” make a final appearance. I thought that was clever, seeing as how he was killed off in the previous sequel. I wasn’t too happy to see the character “Cotton Weary” get killed off. I wanted to see more of him. Alas, his scene was a pretty good death scene.
What I always loved, and thought was most memorable about this film, is how it almost gave you the feeling of seeing a film within a film. Some of the new characters were cast members of a “film” called “Stab 3” which is a sequel to the events that took place in the “Scream” films. Brilliant, to say the least. It gave you more a mysterious feeling, not to mention more confusion on who the killer was in this case. Who would have thought Sidney had a brother! Not only that, he was indirectly responsible for the events that took place before and during the original film story. That was quite the surprise. That’s what makes this sequel my favorite.
In this film, the setting was also memorable. There were parts that showed a replica of the set in the first film, and towards the end, the climax all happened in a mansion I would definitely want to live in, with all the secret doors, and passageways.
“Scream 4” (2011):
It was quite the surprise finding out that there would be a third sequel. Many people weren’t sure what think, expect, or make of it. In a way, it was the dumbest film in the series, and intriguing at the same time because after all of these years you couldn’t help but wonder why more killings would be starting up all over again. That leads to Sidney’s niece. Her niece? Really? All because she was jealous and wanted fame?
That had to be the most ridiculous motive to kill off everyone since the “blame the movies” motive in part two. Still, at the end of the day, I don’t know why, but I enjoyed it. There’s nothing wrong with liking dumb films every once in awhile, I guess. Despite the flaws in this film, it still gave you a good mystery, and once again, seeing all of the original characters, the ones who survived, anyway.
One good thing I like about this film, however, was the growth and evolution that was evident in each character. They were obviously different from what we were all used to. I liked seeing that. It almost seemed like you were being re-introduced to the characters all over again, as if you never knew them. That’s another thing that kept you intrigued. The film made you want to get to know them again and see exactly how they’ve changed.
Another thing that I like? One famous line towards the end: “You forgot about one rule of remakes, don’t mess with the original.” I thought that was brilliant. Isn’t that what the public says all the time about sequels, and remakes? My favorite line ever.
Each one of these films left their mark on you, and for all it’s worth, this film series in one of the best franchises in the horror movie industry. If there will be another sequel, by any chance, I won’t hesitate to watch it, especially if Wes Craven is involved.
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