For whatever reason (I’m guessing it has something to do with the young audience and the teen-speak dialogue) the Scream series has always been maligned by critics and “serious” genre fans. It’s not taken seriously as the horror royalty it is. Scream pretty much single-handedly revived the entire horror genre in the 90’s and slowly brought us where we are today with a new Stephen King adaptation coming out every few months. We’re lucky and blessed to live in a world where Scream exists and now is a great time to catch up on the whole series.
Kevin Williamson wrote the script for Scream in just two weeks. He was inspired by coming home and seeing a window open he didn’t remember opening. There was a serial killer on the loose in the area and he’d been watching news reports about it and the idea of someone being in the house spooked him. The rest is history.
The entire Scream series is criminally underrated but especially Scream 4 whose lukewarm reviews pretty much killed any chance horror fans have of getting a 5th installment in the franchise anytime soon. I don’t know what critics didn’t get about this movie? It’s the perfect combination of surprising and fresh while still sticking to the premise of the genre. The writing is sharp, funny, and at least somewhat realistic for normal teens and we’re introduced to truly fresh ideas and meta references to what horror means in the 2010s and what the rules might be.
Scream, Scream 3, Scream 4 AND the Scream tv series are now streaming on Netflix. It’s the perfect time to settle down and get reaquainted with the series (you’ll just have to find Scream 2 somewhere or rent it from Amazon or YouTube). Get your fall decorations up and enjoy the first movie night of fall!