extraordinarily heavy-handed, which i both understand and frequently found annoying. i know “show, don’t tell” is a trope, but when you see both in a movie (often back to back), it’s pretty overwhelming. not really sure what craven was trying to accomplish; ie whether this was intended to be the foundation of a revolutionary new chapter of slasher cinema or just a one-off proof of concept.

of course it’s hard to not think about the atrocious legacy this has (stunt casting, easter eggs, meta shit) but also hard to hold that against it. if it weren’t (mostly) charming, no one would’ve wanted to rip it off to make infinitely dumber wink-wink shit.

can’t say i wasn’t entertained but doubt i’ll revisit

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