A Whisper to a Scream (Quadrilogy)

This is kind of cheating (again. I know. I KNOW), since I’ve written about both Scream and Scream 4 before, but I wanted to cover all the Wes Craven films I’ve seen, so I decided to talk about all the Scream movies again.

My theory (and I don’t know if it’s right, because I haven’t read this anywhere) is that Craven hated how Nightmare 2-6 turned out, and decided he wasn’t going to let anyone else direct the Scream films, so he took charge of all of them. And he didn’t do a terrible job, but he did make some mistakes.

The first Scream was AMAZING. I was literally on the edge of my seat, chewing nervously on my fingernails and squirming around uncomfortably for the entire film. The opening scene with Drew Barrymore as Casey is fucking brilliant, and I love it with all my heart—enough that my blo0d-soaked Casey costume has been a go-to for several Halloween parties.

Scream is the perfect marriage of Craven and Screenwriter Kevin Williamson; they both compliment each other perfectly here, and leave very little to pick at, except of course, “death by garage door”, which I have always, and will always call bullshit on. But the rest of the film is so strong, I can let it slide.

The best thing about Scream is that it made horror films fun for me again, after getting burnt out on carbon-copy slasher flicks. The script does an apt job at throwing suspicion on EVERYBODY, so you’re not sure who the killer is until it’s revealed.

And YES, I do still think it’s scary, even though I watch it at least once a year.


Screaming my way through Halloween Horror Nights

Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season Maze

Pictured above: Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season Maze

I am still in shock and awe at how completely and totally awesome Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights was. My throat was sore from screaming, and I swear I injured some muscles from hunching over, tensing up, and running in a crouched position. So funny how every time I went into a maze, I thought I wasn’t going to be scared, but EVERY TIME the jumpy-out things got me. Every. Time.

Anyways! I don’t have many photos – both because it was too dark to see everything and because you’re moving so fast/want to take in everything first hand that you can’t really stop to take a bunch. Which is honestly pretty cool so it doesn’t ruin it for everyone else. I’m kind of hoping Universal posts a bunch of photos after they wrap up so people can see how great it is and go next year to see both the old and new stuff. The few snaps I did take are here.

Here’s a wrap-up of what my friend Hanna and I experienced:

Hostel: Hunting Season
Since I’m an Eli Roth fangirl, this was the primary reason I wanted to visit Horror Nights. Unfortunately, I totally forgot about the whole “password for Elite Hunting Card” deal that I was obsessed with as soon as I got to the front of the maze (Bratislava, dammit! I so wish I hadn’t been too amped to say it then). Two sexy east European girls greeted us with a smile, a wave, and a cold “goodbye” just as we walked in. EEEEEK. (more…)

Scream 4

It’s day 15 of 31 Days of Horror – and I finally sat down to watch Scream 4. I’m not gonna lie, I’d kind of been dreading it. For me, the Scream franchise is hit or miss.

The original Scream was a big hit. I remember feeling exhilarated and terrified in the theater. And even though it has one of the most ridiculous horror movies deaths ever, I still loved every second of it. I had no idea who the killer was, and I ❤ the crap outta that end reveal, plus of course, video geek Randy and all the clever horror movie references.

Scream 2 was mostly a miss. The opening scene, while it has its cheeseball moments, is pretty fantastic. What could be a more perfect way to murder someone than to attack them in a theater full of Stab fans, who are just going to think that another ghostface-costumed theater-goer repeatedly stabbing someone else is part of the show? Brilliant, right? And the Sarah Michelle Gellar scene? Love.  (more…)


31 Horror Movies I Own #24: Scream

Outside of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven’s 80s track record wasn’t really so great. Deadly Friend, Shocker, The People Under the Stairs—sure, these are all kind of hilarious, but not even a little bit scary. So in 1996 when all the hype surrounding Scream started, I wasn’t really buying it.

BUT. When I was actually in the theater watching I was pleasantly surprised! It was the first horror film in a long time that made me second-guess myself, caused me to jump more than a few times, entertained me, and did an excellent job making it appear that anyone could be the killer.

I still love Scream as much as I did the first time I saw it. The opening sequence with Drew Barrymore as Casey is FLAWLESS, and yeah, even a little bit scary. With the exception of Tatum’s garage door squishing, all the deaths were great, and of course, there’s a TON of blood.

Also, I love (as I think everyone else does) extreme movie nerd Randy (Jamie Kennedy), and the irony of Sydney (Neve Campbell) proclaiming that horror films are stupid because the heroine always does the wrong thing—which is shortly followed by her doing exactly what she was complaining about.

Just in case there’s anyone who hasn’t seen this, I won’t give away the ending, but it’s a good one. If you by chance haven’t watched Scream, I highly recommend.

As for the sequels, they each have their moments. The opening theater scene of Scream 2 with Jada Pinkett Smith is pretty brilliant, with my major complaint being that it’s WAY too easy to figure out who the killer is. Scream 3 isn’t scary at all, but it gets props for making fun of itself (especially with the casting of each character for the Hollywood version of their story). The Scream 4 trailer is kind of lackluster, but I’m not willing to give up on the series yet, so I’ll definitely be heading out to see it.



As discovered on i09.com – a Dubai-based ad agency named Tonic came up with a unique way to sell Burger King; by showing horror icons Jason, Freddy, Chuckie and the Scream ghostface prepping for kills by devouring burgers & fries.

Contrary to claiming these ads promote murder, I view it as harmless fun. I particularly like the way Jason’s photo shows a cheerleader trussed up and slung over the front window. NICE job, Tonic. They’d never allow this kind of stuff in the states, but I commend your creativity!

For Real

Although it’s my least favorite of the 3, Scream 2 has a GREAT opening death scene. Ignoring the kind of lame “knife through the stall” death of Omar Epps – let’s skip ahead to Jada Pinkett’s spectacuarly scary stabbing in the theater.

Why so scary? Because *I* believe this could actually happen. You’ve got a theater full of entertainment fanatics in the same costume as the killer, brandishing fake knifes and making stabbing motions. It’s entirely plausible to me that someone could get stabbed to death for real in this sitch – and by the time anyone realized it, it would be way too late. Plus, the back and forth between Pinkett’s death and Heather Graham’s on screen near perfect re-enactment of Drew’s death from the first film is pretty damn cool.

Extra bonus points go to Craven for showing splatter on a theater patron’s arm (right after the second stab). 🙂

#1: The Most Ridiculous Horror Movie Deaths EVER

The first in a series – this has be the biggest flaw in the first Scream movie (altho I still love it to death). Screenwriter Williamson gets some major points for having Tatum scream “fucker” as she throws the beer bottle, but clearly lost some brain cells thinking that the garage door would actually lift her up to her death (no matter how tiny Rose McGowan is, no way that’d work. My disbelief has NOT been suspended!).

I’m shaking my head at you, Wes & Kevin! You did so well with the other deaths in Scream, why’d you have to fuck this one up…