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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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Any fan of the Scream series needs to read this book! 30 Aug. 2012
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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".
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.
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Not Your Typical Internet Review 11 Nov. 2011
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After seeing the advertisement on a Scream message board, I was immediately intrigued. I know what some people are thinking: Why pay for a book when you can read any random guy's review on the Internet? Let me tell you that this is not just any review you can find on the Internet. When someone goes so far as to write 151 pages on the Scream movies and get it published, there's got to be some confidence that his ideas are brilliant and insightful. Although there isn't an "about the author" section, throughout my reading I just knew that the writer had to have a university degree at the very least, because he seems a lot more educated than some "random guy from the Internet". One of my favorite topics is the battle of the sexes (or the reversal of) theme that is present throughout the movies - how Billy suffers from rejection by his mother while Derek is not afraid of rejection/humiliation (which makes me appreciate his singing scene even more!). Also, if you think you understand each killer's motive, think again. Read why beneath the surface Mickey actually doesn't believe movies are to blame for violence, or how Billy is trying to capture the movie justice into his real life. Even if you believe you know the Scream movies inside out, this book is still worth reading. You'll understand the movies like you never have before. It will make you appreciate Kevin Williamson's writing even more as you understand the reason behind every character's behavior and fate. (Yes, even Stu getting a TV for his fate isn`t by random!)

Of course, it`s not just the ideas that are good but also the presentation. As deep as the book gets, the book is written in a casual, witty tone that is very reader-friendly. I just love how the author wraps up each chapter in ways that make you want to keep reading. Thank goodness this is a paperback and not 151 pages of online reading!
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
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