After typing up my mini-reviews of the SCREAM sequels for the Blood Theatreís Guide to Gore, I realized that there are a few things I wanted to mention about the series as a whole-
I recently watched the entire series with a friend who had never seen them before. After the first one she told me that what she liked about the film was how real the chase scenes felt. I thought about that and carried it in the back of my mind for the next three films. She is right and it is true of all the films, not just the first.
When a character is being chased you feel the sense of urgency, every bump and bruise along the way seems like it hurts. The objects used during the chase are there because they actually belong in the setting. Nothing feels placed for advantage. The obstacles created are realistic and plausible. If you were to look at it from their point of view; itís life or death, you have limited time, and only these things around you, you would probably come to the same conclusions that the characters do. Not once did I sarcastically say ďoh yeah right!Ē
This is a slasher film which makes the chase a vital element. I especially love that itís not a killer who walks and is still always behind you. Save those for films about evil entities like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees, there is nothing humane about those guys, so they can get away with it. The Scream killers are always just regular people, ones that we get to know throughout the film. So their stalking abilities definitely need to represent that of an average human.
Each film also includes a large cast of well known actors. Recently with Scream 4, you see at least one actress from almost every popular prime-time show in just the opening sequence alone.
I also love that the SCREAM series never had a need to come up with ridiculous sequel titles like ďScream 2: Ghost faced RevengeĒ, itís just straight to the point 1, 2, 3 and 4.
I really enjoy this series since itís the one that I grew up with and got to experience in theatres. I highly recommend it to everyone.
*NOTE: I am not knocking slow walking stalkers, I actually love them, itís just nice that Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson realized that this wasnít the type of film for that sort of thing. I just hate it when itís out of place.