SCREAM, one of the most influential horror movies in existence, has been through a lot: after becoming a sleeper-hit back in December '96 and completely breaking the rules, it went on to spawn three sequels over the next 15 years, as well as a very successful TV show, which had its premiere on MTV this summer. So, in these two decades, how did the franchise evolve? For the worse or the better? Let's take a look at the five current outings, in order of their quality.
5. Scream 3 (2000)
Let me get this straight: Scream 3 is definitely the low-point of the series, but when compared to other slasher sequels, it really isn't that bad. Going all-out for the then-grand finale, the third installment became ironically what the iconic original poked fun at. Not really an accomplishment, but it's hilariously meta. Featuring Parker Posey, who is brilliant as Stab 3's Gale Weathers, this movie gets at least two things right: the comedy and a wonderful insight of the effect the first movie had on the film industry back then. But because of the lack of gore, an often rushed script thanks to rewrites and a predictable killer with a half-baked backstory, the final chapter of the trilogy is also its weakest.
4. Scream 4 (2011)
I personally find this to be most insane, meta, entertaining entry in the entire SCREAM franchise. Who knew that you could revive a series so good after a decade of being absent? With the main trio returning yet once again(Courtney Cox makes up for her awful hair from S3, looking great), it feels a bit forced, but the fact that we get to see the old along with new, tech-savvy kids is kind of fun. Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere are killin' it(no pun intended!). Scream 4 has what is clearly the second best opening out of the current five. It manages to talk about the rules of reboots, how they must be gorier, more violent, and crazier, at the same time offering a very self-referential look at the past and the present. But, under all the screams and terror, this ''screamake'' is actually a very well-made social commentary about fame. In the end, it proves to be a very satisfying horror flick, especially for being a part 4, which is without a doubt one of the last 10 years' best. Also, this is the last movie late director Wes Craven directed. It is a really nice final act.
3. Scream: The TV Series (2015-)
As many fans of the original movie franchise, I was very anxious about Scream being turned into a MTV show. Announced way back in June 2012, it didn't see any real progress in development until last year. From the news that the beloved main cast won't return to the spooky reveal that the GhostFace mask would not be used, all this kinda made me lose interest in it. But, I decided to give it a chance. And now I am glad I did. With an all-new cast of young actors, it feels like a true reboot. Over the span of Season 1's ten episodes, I can't believe I actually got from ''Ugh, Brooke is a b*tch'' in the pilot to ''Oh My God, no, please don't die!'' in the big finale. And then I remember one character's monologue: you will start to care for them, you root for them, and when they get brutally murdered, it hurts. It did, when (spoiler!) Riley got killed off so early. Well, she wasn't really final girl material but still. And Bex Taylor-Klaus is great as the bi-curious Audrey Jensen, this gen's Gale. Despite the (main?) killer's obvious reveal, the final episode feels like, after all these years, Scream is passing the torch to the next generation. You were wrong, Noah, you can do a slasher movie as a TV series, while also staying true to the original and following the rules of a remake/reboot established in 2011's sequel. Emma, him and Adurey are the new trio we will love screaming in terror with next time: Season 2, set to air next year, should be very interesting considering the twist in the last few seconds of Season 1.
2. Scream (1996)
Originally named Scary Movie(which is now a thing that spawned four sequels) during production, the iconic slasher movie with the GhostFace killer, Scream is truly to scream for. Coming out in a period where horror movies were unoriginal, plain bad and bombing at the box office (Halloween 6 from 1995, Jason Goes to Hell from '93, etc.), it revitalized a slashed genre. It is clever, meta, at times funny. What's more you could ask for? With a plot twist which consist of there being not one but two masked murderers, brutal deaths (Casey Becker's performance is brilliant and still haunts a lot of fans even today, including me), and launching an appreciated scream queen: Neve Campbell, Scream still holds well even after all this time. It's a masterpiece. And who could forget... ''What's your favorite scary movie''?
1. Scream 2 (1997)
This film is hands-down the ultimate Scream. Poking fun at sequels, saying they always suck is ballsy. Even more, when this one doesn't suck. It actually shows other horror franchises out there how to follow a story, simple and short. With even more elaborate death scenes (Randy, we will miss you. Your cameo in Scream 3 was nice though), plenty of craziness and revenge, all the original survivors returning for a second round with GhostFace, and showing a world where life can imitate art, Scream 2 is just great. Who could have thought a sequel released just a year after the first could make such a killing, with critics and fans alike, and take box office by storm with an opening five times bigger. Everyone is screaming, trying to survive while satirizing the sequel trend, while also having a good time. You can feel that the original movie, this one and Scream 4 are the perfect little trilogy, a love letter to fans worlwide. It's worthy scary flick that will make you proud of being a horror geek. Randy would be proud.
What's you favorite scary movie?