By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
I have a confession to make. I am very much a child of the 90s. Bands will come and go, but Beck or Live never fail to get me moving. I remember the illicit rentals of Cruel Intentions and Wild Things, but somehow I never get around to watching any of the Scream movies. When I drew Scream 4 for this weekend, I figured no time like the present.
As much as I love the 90s, I’m glad jean technology has advanced since
For those unfamiliar with the premise, a killer sporting a knife and popular Halloween costume is slicing his way through a small town with the particular goal of killing Sidney (Neve Campbell), who’s mother was murdered the year before. She is joined by her classmates, a local policeman, and a reporter researching her mother’s case in a quest to survive and find out who the killer is before they also fall victim.
Scream’s angle on the slasher genre was self-awareness. The idea was that if you know horror conventions and what to avoid (drinking or having sex, running to the basement, etc) you could survive an actual killer. The conversations about these do’s and don’ts are hilarious and a great contrast to the action of the film. Oh, and that opening murder sequence with Drew Barrymore is just iconic.
Also: Rose McGowan’s nipples
However, the real reason Scream is so fondly remembered is its absolutely amazing third act. The lead-up to this starts to drag, but when we finally get to the climax and the ghost-face killer is finally unmasked, things get simultaneously funnier and more intense. To say any more than this would give it away, but I’m willing to bet you won’t guess who it is.
Maybe The Fonz?
I do have to give the beer to the problem I mentioned earlier- the middle of the film. It mostly involves some take it or leave it back story and a spate of killings that becomes repetitive.
A final beer is also tied to those killings. They get kinda boring, and more importantly, IGNORE all of the rules of slasher movies. Basically Scream promises to turn those conventions on their heads, then ends up following them for most of the running time of the flick.
You might start to wonder what all the fuss was about, but hang on. The ending is very, very worth it.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: for every reference to Sidney’s mother
Take a drink: every time somebody names a scary movie do or don’t
Drink a shot: for every theory you have that ends up being wrong