ByMichael Blanchard, writer at
Southern filmmaker, without the funny accent.
Michael Blanchard

Scream was released in 1996 and directed by already-horror icon, Wes Craven. It starred a handful of potential superstars and one superstar, Drew Barrymore. Upon initial marketing of the film, the studio was able to completely fool the audience into believing that Drew Barrymore was the star of the new horror franchise. And it worked. As it soon became the one of the highest grossing films of the year and spawned a sequel the very next year. With two more on the way and a television reboot.

And I have to say, I really enjoy all three of the sequels. Having watched the first three over and over again as a young kid and then eagerly awaited the fourth in the 2011. But at the end of the day, the original is the only one that matters to me. And I can firmly say it is not only one of my top five favorite horror films of all time, it is one of my favorite FILMS of all time. Here's why:

The one flaw this film has, is the juxtaposition of gritty realism and the meta-stlye humor. It may be too jarring for some. However, that's what makes it so perfect. We see this bloody, hard-to-swallow concoction get blended up before our eyes, and that's the point, I think. It's not made to be easily accessible and also made at the tail end of a time where horror movies were bizarre and/or campy that were easy to watch but nothing more than just that. A genre, arguably, made by Wes Craven (the director of this film). He took his own genre, and turned it on its head by bringing something aggressively new to the table. And since he did that, we, as a new generation of horror movie fans/buffs, are desensitized to gratuitous violence on film. If anyone, who hasn't seen this film but has seen all of the Saw movies, watched this film today they wouldn't make anything of it. They would probably laugh a lot. Which is fair, because this movie is really funny. But when this film first came out, there was nothing else like it. The comedy was there back in the day, but I'm willing to bet that most people were paying attention to the violence and how it was executed (pun intended). Of course, you could say I'm talking out of my ass because of my age. Like, what does a nineteen-year-old know about a movie that released the same year he was born? So, I challenge you to argue with me and bring up some points that I might have missed. Let's start a discussion!

Final Thoughts: It wants to frighten you in more ways than you could imagine. But, at the same time, has a sense of humor about it. And scribe Kevin Williamson shouldn't be left out here. It's his words and set pieces that act as brush strokes for Craven's canvas.


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