31 Days of Horror: Day 23 “Scream”

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Day 23: Someone Is Playing A Deadly Game, Someone Who Has Seen Way Too Many Scary Movies. Don’t Answer The Door, Don’t Leave The House, Don’t Answer The Phone, But Most Of All, Don’t SCREAM.

A good horror movie that keeps you guessing till the end. There are just enough clues to figure out who the bad guy is but also enough clues to make you think it is someone else. The ending really comes together and explains everything. The movie has some comedy in it, and is a parody of horror stereotypes. The chase gets a little redundant because victims and killers continue to come back to life or survive the attacks. I don’t think the movie itself is scary, but the idea of revenge and sociopaths living around us is.
-Charlie-
Scream is a weird blend of horror and dark comedy for me. It has never been one of my horror favorites but the way it remains self conscious throughout the film is entertaining enough. Talking about horror movie tropes while those tropes are happening in real time always gives me a light chuckle. I do like how Mr. Ghost Face is portrayed as a person, you never assume he is an evil entity or actual ghost. He runs into doors, trips, and answers questions asked by victims. They loose a little of this humanity in the sequels where he seems slightly more sinister but that’s not what this movie is. This is a slasher film teasing slasher films with high schoolers being high schoolers. This movie became my “textbook” on horror movies and introduced many terms I use today.
-Christopher Patterson
Classic cheese, this. But really good cheese. One of my favorites, including the ones that’d followed up, for good reason. The satire is so well placed, not too abrasive, not too overwhelming, but just enough to really make this the movie that it is. The twists and turns are absolutely rousing, the characters are all of intrigue, their own individual suspicions, which leads to a colluding climax and finale that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The horrors are there, but so’s the cheese. Best of both. Definite must watch for me.

-David Burchell

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