Irish film critic Ryan Hollinger’s last video, an examination of The Strangers, was a bit of an anomaly; while he objectively analyzed how and why the film succeeds, he wasn’t a fan of the film. It was strange, hearing the genre aficionado opine about a film he didn’t love as much as most horror fans, but it was still incredibly illuminating.
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In the latest episode of Hollinger’s Screen Smart series, he examines Scream—and he clearly adores the film as much as the franchise’s most ardent fans. He’s committed to multiple viewings in order to lay bare the film’s intentions, and what makes it so exceptional. It’s a must-watch for fans of Wes Craven’s seminal meta-slasher, a film that single-handedly reinvigorated the subgenre in an era when Freddy was becoming a joke and Jason went to space.
Scream is a pure horror satire, and that means something different that “comedy”. While the film is clearly an admonishment of stale/overused horror tropes dripping with self-deprecation, it still relies heavily of established genre motifs; it was a clever twist that made everything new again, inspiring a wave of intelligent horror movies. Ultimately, Scream is nothing if not a love-letter to the slasher subgenre
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Official Synopsis: The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There’s a killer in their midst who’s seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody…
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