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What's Your Favourite Scary Movie?
9 May 2015
The Scream horror film franchise was created by Wes Craven (of a Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Red Eye) and Kevin Williamson (of Dawson's Creek, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Vampire Diaries and Stalker). Starring Neve Campell, Courtney Cox (of Friends) and David Arquette (Courtney's ex husband) the series has made over $600 million worldwide.
Scream premiered first on December 18 1996 in California. It is recognised as the first horror film to star a positive female role model (Sidney) and is credited with revitalising the horror genre in the mid 90s and inspiring an array of imitators, (Wikipedia).
Scream 2 premiered on December 10 1997 and stars previous cast members alongside many new actors including Sarah Michelle Geller and Laurie Metcalf. A scene amongst film students at the beginning of the movie on campus shortly after the first murders have occurred analyses the success of sequels in relation to their prequels and like the Godfather trilogy, I believe Scream 2 does live up to if not supersede Scream in terms of expectation, plotline, depth and scare value, but I think the first murder in film one will always be the most shocking.
Scream 3 premiered February 3 2000 and was noticeably less successful than its predecessors. Many account this to a shift from horror and violence as a major theme to comedy. However critics gave good reviews and Scream 4 was released eleven years later. This is also available on Amazon.
The Scream Trilogy is exceptional value, especially if you buy second hand like I did. All the DVDs were unscratched and the magnetic catch still worked to seal the box and I found the films terrifying, certainly as scary as I did just under twenty years ago in my teens.