Topic: rules

Revisiting ‘Scream’: How To Survive A Horror Movie

Revisiting 'Scream': How To Survive A Horror Movie

In 1996, horror master Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson made slasher flick history with a little movie they made called Scream. While the slasher genre had been around for a while (Halloween in 1978, Friday the 13th in 1980, A Nightmare On Elm Street in 1984, etc.), Scream was unique in that it gave us self-aware horror movie characters for the first time. These were characters who not only knew that they were in a horror movie, but who also (and perhaps more importantly) knew the RULES of a horror movie. With this awareness in their arsenal, they were able to both follow and subvert the rules, either helping or hindering their survival. They fought their way through three movies with varying degrees of success, and by the time the third one came around, we were all under the impression that it was going to be the last one. And it was…

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