I was sweet 16 when Scream first appeared in our world. I can't actually believe it was fourteen years ago. Smart, sexy, glossy and scary, it unleashed a new era of the teen slasher flick. They were always there of course; Prom Night, Sleepaway Camp, Nightmare on Elm Street, but this was so very different. So aware of its own horror routes it reflected popular culture in a brave new way.
From the time I saw the shiny iconic Dimension Films logo on screen I was pulled in. First we met Casey (Drew Barrymore) in what is now the trademark opening pre titles sequence where the doomed cameo is stalked by Ghostface until they meet their end. We then meet Sidney, (Neve Campbell), an already tormented young girl since the death of her mother. Then all her friends start dropping dead.
Hot on its heals came the sequel, Scream 2, a year or so later. This time it's Jada Pinkett Smith's turn to die in the pre titles. On a date with her boyfriend at the cinema to see Stab, which is a film based on the "true" events of Scream, she discovers that the man sitting next to her with a ghost mask on isn't actually her boyfriend... It's quite emotional when she is standing in the cinema, screaming for someone to help her, but they all think it's part of the show. Oh yeah, and Sarah Michelle Gellar is in it! Hurray! But she gets killed. Boo!
I saw Scream 3 at the cinema and the ushers were all dressed up as ghostface! As people walked in to take their seats they jumped out in front of them! How cool is that?
This segment revolves around the set of Stab 3 and we meet properly the "actors" who are playing the Scream characters. This is when the trilogy becomes a real parody of itself and all horror films, yet it still manages to be classy and a real social comment without being poncy. And Jenny McCarthy is in it! Hurray! But... yeah, you know the rest.
So, if you haven't seen these, why the hell not? You sure are missing out. Now, lets all wait for the 4th with baited breath...