Originally Posted by buck135
Lol. I remember going to the screening of the first film on a Wednesday night. I had loved the slasher films of the 80's and wasn't ready for the genre to die off. I didn't care for the actors (I still don't). When I see Courtney Cox in Cougar Town (my wife watches it), I start looking for a cyanide pill...it's that bad. Anyway, I'm getting off topic. I had high expectations being a Wes Craven film. After the beginning with Drew Barrymore, it just lost me. I was familiar with the slasher horror cliches already, and it just seemed as though the entire genre was being mocked. I didn't understand it's massive success, and just chalked it up to "It wasn't made for me, I don't get it (like The Hangover)." Therefore I never revisited it or watched any of the sequels. That was however what, 20 years ago? My mindset may be completely different now.
When I first saw it, it actually punched me a bit. I was shaking when it was over. Which is how I know it works as a horror film. But for years while I was figuring it out, I knew the movie was much more than just a joke or some light ironic twists.
Of course I was excited after Scream
to start renting all the slashers I missed. But most of them sucked (the exceptions are few: Friday the 13th
and sequels, Just Before Dawn
, and Jack Sholder's Alone in the Dark
is just a bit more take it than leave it). And I don't think Scream
was even trying to paint the genre in a negative light, even on Williamson's end- if you paid attention to Sidney, I think you know she was a sympathetic character (ish) but the movie was not siding with her point of view at all. She was shown as na´ve in every way a character could be- she trusted the killer, was hellbent on seeing an innocent guy killed for her mother's murder, went upstairs when being chased 1 minute after saying she'd go out the front door, claimed that movies turn people into killers when you know both Craven and Williamson have both stated that's horseshit. The list basically goes on.
When the movie's over, sure she gets a snappy one-liner but she's also pushed aside (ambulance'd or car'd away by the sheriff) while Gale Weathers swoops in, in true-to-her-character opportunism and glory-hounding, to continue using other people's misery for her own benefit... And that's the end of the film.
I've heard the "it's about mocking the genre" thing quite a few times. Can you remember the last time a reporter was a major character in a horror / slasher film? Hellraiser III
is the best I've got. I think the point of the film was to challenge the attitudes of people outside who look in and judge others. Then, if you remember Serial Mom
, you have a good idea of where kids get the idea to do that.
is a brilliant film and still, no one seems to know why.