Dog’s Movie House: “Scream” A Worthy, If Somewhat Overly Clever, Edition To The Classic Horror Franchise!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a frightening admission. I am getting old! Yes, I did just turn 50 a week ago, but that’s not the reason I’m saying this. It’s just that I realized that it’s been 25 years since the release of the first (and best) horror classic known as “Scream.” The brainchild of late horror master Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson, “Scream” was one of the first “meta” horror films that winked at the audience while scaring the hell out of them at the same time. By having its protagonists know the ins and outs of classic horror films and using those tropes to survive a killer stalking them, “Scream” was able to both make fun of and honor the horror genre in a way that made the slasher film both funny and scary at the same time. Now, several movies and a television series later, “Scream” has returned as the fifth installment and is more “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” than ever before. It’s also pretty good, tying in members of the old franchise with new characters and executing a few brutal kills along the way.