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Don't let 4 scare you: this one is great!!
on July 22, 2014
So here's my sob story.
I was living in Vienna. I was running low on Schillinge (this was before the Euro) and I was feeling low. At this point I thought movies in general a waste of time, especially those that had any hint of commercial success. But I also knew movies cheered me up, and I really needed some cheer. There must have been loads of great movies to see in that metropolis (not to mention live theater, dance, improv, cellar tavern brawls) but for unknown reasons I committed what shall be known as "the mistake."
I bought a ticket for Scream...4? I think it was 4. Oh, God, how dreary. A movie at the end of a dying franchise is so pathetic. Neve Campbell looked like she was coming back from rehab. The plot was made out of styrofoam. Forget it. I give lots of movie a second chance, that one I will never watch again unless forced to do so by an act of torture ironic seeing how many torture porn films I've watched. But I digress.
Months into my improvised exploration of the horror genre and all its related sub-genres and crossover genres, I realized that there was a reason the franchise lasted that long. The first movie really meant a lot to people, people who had skin in the game then like I do now. I want nothing more than peace, health and wealth for me & my family, and a thriving world horror cinema industry. That's why I get ecstatic over movies like Cabin in the Woods.
And that's what Scream must have felt like when first release.
You have a genuinely scary killer, a gorgeous leading actress (Neve Campbell), a gorgeous comic foil (Courtney Cox) and a gorgeous "decoy" (Drew Berrymore)—and you've got a script that speaks EXACTLY to the frustrations that fans were having with mainstream and probably even side-stream horror movies back then: boring, predictable, cheap and obviously mercenary. Tired. Worn.
Movies, yes, like Scream 4.