The year is 1996 and horror films have become a parody of themselves. This state of affairs provoked Wes Craven – a master of modern horror – to make Scream, a film which worked as a horror film while also satirising genre conventions. It also made it commercially viable for a film to be self aware and successful. Then we had Scream 2 in 1998 and Scream 3 in 2000. Successful they may have been, but eventually the parody series became a parody of itself. Fast forward 11 years into the future and Wes Craven has returned to Woodsboro to bring us Scream 4.
Here are our 3 top releases for this weekend at the cinema:
Wes Craven, master of the slasher flick, has brought the anguish and terror of the Woodsboro murders back to the big screen – and I couldn’t be more excited. Growing up with a love of horror, I can’t help but give a warm and hearty “thank you” to the Scream trilogy. Recent developments in modern technology and SFX have meant that some of the latest horror films are frankly, terrifying (The Mist, 30 Days of Night and Devil to name but a few). With that in mind, Scream should in theory be outdated. However, it appears to have done the opposite. Since the first film was released in 1996 the Scream franchise has gone viral, amassing a cult following that has really placed it on the horror map. In my opinion, it even gives slasher classics like Halloween and Friday the 13th a run for their money. Yup, I said it!