To celebrate Halloween I will post 13 of my favorite Halloween movies or T.V. Shows, with a short review, every night until Halloween!
“What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.”
Last year, MTV aired a T.V series adaptation of the original 1996 Scream. The T.V. series Scream takes place during present day and even has the original masked “Ghostface” murderer plaguing the town throughout the entire series. Scream opens very similarly to the original slasher film, where a popular student is murdered by “Ghostface.” With a different twist then the 1996 film, it is through social media that word of the student’s death is spread around. Strings of murders soon follow, plaguing the town and school, and leaving the main protagonist, Emma, in the middle, as her family has ties to the proposed killer. There are many aspects of Wes Craven’s original film within the T.V. series, such as similar characters, especially a Gale Weathers-esque character portrayed by True Blood’s Amelia Rose Blair, the combination of comedy and the cliched horror genre, and a some-what similar plot line.
What I enjoy most about the T.V. series adaptation is how often the characters break the 4th wall to poke fun at slasher films and, in some way, give the plot guidance to the cliche horror genre. Some viewers may argue that the original Scream is by far the better option, but I would argue that both adaptations bring different virtues and vices to the table. While the MTV series is a little bit lighter with the gore, language, and nature of the murders, in order to achieve its TV-14 rating, it still maintains the element of suspense and the “whodunit?” feel.
If you enjoyed the 1996 Scream or cult-classic slasher films in general, give Scream a try, I feel as though the show may be a little underrated. It’s difficult to maintain suspense and the classic slasher film tropes on a series that is recurring for three seasons (thus far).
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