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Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis [Paperback]

Scott Kessinger

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25 Sep 2011
Someone's taken their love of Scream one step too far... and written a book about it!

Having earned the respect and accolades of critics and audiences, generated more than half a billion dollars in revenue, and inspired a gaggle of imitators, it's safe to say Scream is millions of people's favorite scary movie. While the Scream films have scared and entertained moviegoers worldwide, they've also invited us to closer examine the movies we watch: to deconstruct them. This book aims to do just that.

Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis puts all four Scream movies under the knife to examine the meaning, themes and philosophy of the movie series that brought horror back from the dead by breaking all the rules. Take a close look into the heart of this pop culture phenomenon and what its characters - including Sidney, Gale, Dewey, and each film's killer - represent. Find out what reality, film, fantasy, and sex have to do with it all. Scream Deconstructed is sure to please any fan of Scream, horror, or film in general.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but efficient analysis of the series 7 Jan 2012
By Matthew Buckley-Golder - Published on
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My general approach to horror/thriller movies -- to avoid being disappointed -- is that they are just entertainment and not to be looked to for consistency or for any kind of integrated theme or message, especially between sequels.

The first Scream movie was a memorable event in my moviegoing history, and I liked the sequels. I got the general idea they were trying to put forward but didn't look into it too deeply, just appreciating them for what they were.

And then this book comes along and makes me think that maybe there is something to these stories -- that things do happen for a reason (at least in their fictional world), and that it's worth thinking about because the thread is kept somewhat intact between sequels.

It's a short book, but is efficient, and does cover the recent Scream 4. It mostly attempts to explain why things are the way they are in the Scream universe, and throws some "behind the scenes" trivia in here and there.

As the length of the book implies, this isn't a seriously deep series of movies -- it's not Lord Of The Rings -- but it does have a somewhat consistent theme that is left largely intact from one sequel to another. The book increased my appreciation of the series -- especially of Scream 4, which I thought was good but not great and can now watch with far more interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any fan of the Scream series needs to read this book! 30 Aug 2012
By Neglify - Published on
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This was excellent! I read it cover to cover in one sitting and the next day read it again. I don't necessarily agree with everything the author discusses, but that doesn't matter. So many things about the Scream movies are gone over with thoughtful care that this could almost be titled "The Scream Bible".
4.0 out of 5 stars deconstructing a deconstruction 24 Feb 2014
By bugman - Published on
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scream deconstructed is a good read and it smartly places all the scream movies within a cultural context, both generally and horror specific. it's not the most hardcore film critique, but then i didn't hafta re-read any passages either. kessinger obviously has a good horror mind, and he avoids falling prey to any silly cliches ("contemporary horror sucks", "remakes are universally bad", "we live in an age of torture porn". as far as the latter point goes, he makes sure to point out that torture porn is an overused, anti-horror biased term). kessinger also plums the scream series a little more deeply than is typically fashionable; we all know how scream re-invigorated horror, particularly the slasher film, but kessinger takes some time to examine the series' sexual politics, family politics, and cinema politics. i also appreciate kessinger's proper reading of clover's "final girl" and his examination of sidney in this context. an entertaining read, especially if you're into the scream series, which i am.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 22 Jan 2014
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A great analysis of the Scream series themes and its impact on the horror genre and pop culture in general
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Bad 28 Dec 2013
By Alasdair Ekpenyong - Published on
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A reasonably interesting essay. You get a fair amount of content for the price you pay. The writer is a good thinker--I probably would have preferred to see a longer book that tackled each of these themes in greater depth, with cross-references.
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