It's no surprise that the slasher movie has such a huge following, but as the golden oldies make their final curtain call, could the rules of the slasher fall short to another generation? Whether it's a sequel, a trilogy or a spin off from the original, the ways of how to stay alive seem to be changing with every adaptation.
The original Scream (Craven, 1996) was the first in the collection to set the bar and introduce our favourite horror buff Randy (Jamie Kennedy), who sets us up for the events that take place. His ideas and clear obsession with serial killer films really did become useful in the heat of the massacre.
If you want to survive the original, here's what you need to do:
"Never have sex. (Sex = death.)"
The rule of not having sex is usually in relation to the 'survivor girl' being pure of sin, but as we all know this is nonsense. The chances of a person's survival counting on whether or not they've punched their V card is about as accurate as trying to get a Stormtrooper to shoot... well anything. #nerdalert
"Never drink or do drugs. (A sin factor. It's an extension of number one.)"
Once again we are faced with the 'deadly sin factor'... And, I mean literally deadly. We're told not to take ridicule seriously but this one just works all too well. You drink or smoke, you die. There is no question about it. I guess that kills off every high school student?
"Never ever, EVER under any circumstances say 'I'll be right back' because you won't be back."
Okay, so this one is just common sense really. It's asking for something bad to happen. If you make your intentions clear, they probably won't happen. This is because slasher antagonists enjoy throwing false hope into the mix. Whether you're going to get beer (which you shouldn't be drinking anyway if you want to survive) or anything else, don't anticipate the outcome.
The first film basically tells you how to survive a slasher film in the 90's, because I suppose serial killers become extra creative with more resources at hand, especially with the digital age and the rise of new technology. From more elaborate death scenes to super human killers that require being cryogenically frozen or decapitated, the new age of the slasher has reached it's ultimate renaissance with the crossover to TV.
Thanks to MTV and Netflix the birth of Scream (MTV, 2015) has redefined the slasher film once again, except this time it's drawn out into a series. The story of Brandon James becomes the newest murder spree to hit our screens since the release of Scream 4 (Craven) in 2011. Not only has it become an ode to the originals, but it has created its own identity by using a new and inventive back story. Much like the originals, there are stock characters including a well loved horror geek. Noah Foster (John Karna) has taken the place of the all knowing voiceover that contradicts the action on screen. That's right, new rules.
"You can't do a slasher as a TV series." - Noah Foster
Well clearly you can, and it seems to be working. The story is focussed around six characters, who later become known as 'The Lakewood Six', whilst it also takes the phrase 'serial killer' to the next level. With a sound knowledge of popular culture (they even included Game Of Thrones), Scream the TV series is set to do well among Slasher fans as it plays an elaborate game of hide and seek.
*Enter the birth of the new Slasher format*
Check out the promo for the first season of Scream, the TV series below: