For years the horror film genre had been plagued with retreads of slasher films that it became a dire cliche in itself.
That was until the mid-90s and everything changed when Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson teamed up to make arguably the greatest Slasher Film of the 90s....or even one of the greatest HORROR movies of the decade and also manage to boast that its sequel is superior and with that defined the genre forever!
Scream - Here was where the boat kicked into gear. The opening sequence with Drew Barrymore is a tour de force in itself and is one of the most iconic scenes in movie history (thats right...MOVIE) and from then on it keeps on delivering. To this day it feels as refreshing and vibrant when it was first unleashed onto cinemas worldwide and triggered a brand new phenomenon in pop culture and cinema history. The twists the turns and the on screen chemistry between the lead actors is just unmatchable! 10/10
Scream 2 - This is where the pace fastens. Again we are given possibly the equally timeless first sequence in the shape of a cinema bloodbath...and Jada Pinkett Smith, possibly one of the most tensest sequences in the movie saga and I would definitely say up there with the first film in terms of tense and shock value. The chemistry between Courtney, Never and David is there again and as surefire as ever as the pace defintiely fastens. We are given some of the most shocking twists in the franchise up to that point and the wit and humour is definitely on par with the first film. We are given dangerous scenarios and even tense and darker situations (the car crash sequence, the silent glass sequence, the Sarah Michelle gellar rooftop scene and the macabre thrilling climax!) Scream 2 is a masterpiece in its own right. 10/10
Scream 3 - The first trilogy concludes. Okay so this film recieves the most criticism as the lead writer Kevin was replaced with Ehren Kruger and it has a different vibe to the first two movies. But this is still an absolute corker also despite the fact that Neve was not as present as Courtney and David are here. But as ever the direction is superb and while there is possibly less action than the previous two movies it definitely makes up for it in tension and the most explosive scene in the sage to date! And also the final twist is a nice if dark reference to the first film which adds a new spin on things definitely. And here (until recently) was a solid if flawed final part to the trilogy. 7/10
This film series is definitely the Pop Culture masters Horror Frnchise. It is funny, witty, macabre, thrilling and engaging. Lovers of horror will to this day relish in it and it has proven a major influence on the slasher movies of the time that could not touch it (I Know What You Did Last Summer was the closest but still even then not as much) and the spawns of self referencial Horror movies throughout the 00s decade. But none have come close and these beautiful masterpings together for your enjoyment is definitive proof that there is only the one Post-modern Horro Franchise.
Definitely seek these out before unleashing Scream 4 unto you. Which is also surprisingly fantastic! (will review shrotly)
Absolutely fantastic. 10/10
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