Scream ★★★★½

Happy Wes Craven Day!

Was trying to watch less obvious choices today, but I’ve had Scream on the brain ever since watching the first Fear Street film and not for the best of reasons.

Here Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson created something special. They modernized the slasher film while playing with its tropes and simultaneously paying homage to how we got to this point. Fear Street 1994 operates on pure 90s nostalgia while offering nothing new.

A great example is how they repurpose the beginning of Psycho, again to pay homage to it while inventing something new. They take an actress that, if you didn’t know any better, would think is the star of the film, and shock you by killing her. In Scream, everything about the murder is different. The killer is different. The character is different. It creates something new for modern audiences that probably didn’t even recognize where the genesis of the idea came from.

In Fear Street, they attempt to pull off the same thing… by just copying the scene where Drew Barrymore is running away from the masked killer an gets stabbed. The killer is even an imitation of Ghostface. Where Scream tried to invent something new through homage, Fear Street 1994 pays “homage” through imitation.

On a side note, and completely inappropriate… am I the only one that ever got a vibe that Stu and Billy might have been fucking? I just feel like they seemed to have shared some pretty intimate things with each other that went way beyond friendship. At the end of the film, it did not feel like that was the first time they were inserting something into each other.

Degrees of Separation from Last Movie or Mini-Series:
-Scream with Liev Schreiber
-Was in Spotlight with Rachel McAdams
-Was in Red Eye

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