« Last post by Ames on May 30, 2012, 12:24:43 AM »
Dead on, Ali! That's exactly what made Scream a sensation.
When Scream came out, it felt like a horror movie I hadn't seen before. There was no monster, no supernatural being, no gypsy curse etcetc. Most "real life" staker-killer types are in the suspense psychological thriller category. Scream didn't take itself too seriously to fall in that section (as it was originally meant to be a spoof), which helped make this one of the best rides of the mid-late 90's.
Scream is the "real" slasher flick, a throwback to films before the Freddies, Jasons and Chuckies to which of course I still adore. The now legendary introduction not only set an exciting tone for the rest of the film, but set itself apart from the other films coming out at the time, putting pressures on the horror industry to capture the feel Scream created. Without a doubt, it spawned I Know What You Did Last Summer, which really finished off the 90's with a stalker feel.
That said, the chase scenes were cringing. I had my shoes in the victims at all times. I felt like "that could have been me" in the very first scene. When we got close to the hero, we started to feel that "survival of the fittest" instinct kicking in. Awesome, awesome series!