What’s Your Favourite Scary Movie….?

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Nearly 15 years ago, one film rejuvenated the slasher film genre completely; bringing a whole new audience to what would be an era of genre defining films. Of course that film can only be the horror film of the 1990’s, Scream.

Wes Craven, known as the director that created horror masterpieces such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Hills Have Eyes, had his eyes set on creating Scream after being tired of seeing the stream of predictable sequels from teen slasher movies which were released in the 1980’s. His main idea with Scream was that horror didn’t just have to include blood and gore, but approached it by taking a tongue in cheek and not so serious approach that would provide a more satisfying experience for audiences watching the movie. The self referentiality included in Scream, where previous films and plot elements were references as the movie progressed, lead it to be a runaway success, with critics falling head over heels with praise in their reviews and the movie ending up as one of the highest grossing movies of 1996.

The ‘final chapter’ of the trilogy was released in 2000, but 11 years later, and film news being constantly filled with rumours of a sequel to the trilogy, It looks like the Ghostface killer is back, terrorizing the residents of Woodsboro now more than ever. We also see the return of Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox, who reprise their roles as Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers.

The movie looks set to take the crown of slasher film of the year, with early film trailers teasing that everyone’s lives are at stake, even long running characters like Gale Weathers and Sidney herself being shown in scenes that have their lives in peril.

What is refreshing to see with Scream 4 is that this isn’t just another film in a long line of recent releases from movie studios that are trying to ‘reimagine’ or ‘reboot’ their respective series’. Some have been true to their original material, while trying to update it for modern audiences. We can only forgive the filmmakers of the recent remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street for creating a film wasn’t received well by the critics, although it can be noted that the filmmakers did try to reimagine the movie’s antagonist into a character that was more in line with what Wes Craven originally wanted. Thankfully, with Wes Craven still being at the helm of this ever popular franchise, Scream 4 looks set to audiences on a horror filled, slashing rollercoaster ride filled with twists and turns that we’ll never see coming.

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