History Franchise / Scream

23rd Aug '16 6:45:48 PM nombretomado
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{{Troper}}s like us owe a substantial amount of our hobby to the film. ''Scream'' wholeheartedly lampshaded and deconstructed a large number of tropes -- which made it one of the first major, mainstream films to do so since ''{{Airplane}}'' -- while it remained grounded in reality and exploring a whole new genre. The original film predates ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' by only a few months when it comes to having a story about sarcastic, GenreSavvy teenagers in a [[PostModernism post-modern]] {{horror}} setting.

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{{Troper}}s like us owe a substantial amount of our hobby to the film. ''Scream'' wholeheartedly lampshaded and deconstructed a large number of tropes -- which made it one of the first major, mainstream films to do so since ''{{Airplane}}'' ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' -- while it remained grounded in reality and exploring a whole new genre. The original film predates ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' by only a few months when it comes to having a story about sarcastic, GenreSavvy teenagers in a [[PostModernism post-modern]] {{horror}} setting.
28th Jul '16 3:26:44 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''All'' of the characters become this as the series progresses. [[spoiler: Sidney]] becomes {{Dangerously Genre Savvy}} by the end.

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** ''All'' of the characters become this as the series progresses. [[spoiler: Sidney]] becomes {{Dangerously Genre Savvy}} GenreSavvy by the end.
27th Jul '16 2:13:04 PM Morgenthaler
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''Scream'' and its sequels set themselves apart from other slashers. Instead of coming off just as straight-up horror films, they also served as [[BlackComedy dark]], [[PostModernism "meta"]] [[StealthParody parodies]] [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror of the slasher genre]]. The killers all [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy deliberately invoked slasher movie cliches]] while their targets tried to survive by [[GenreSavvy attempting to guess which horror movie tropes the killers would invoke next]] -- a move that just as often [[DeathByGenreSavviness got them killed]] as it did save them. The series was awash in ConversationalTroping, as twenty years' worth of horror movie tropes got name-dropped, mocked, and then invoked anyway. To a generation that had grown up viewing slasher films as [[DeaderThanDisco trite and cliched]] following the genre's burnout at the end of TheEighties, ''Scream'' served as a breath of fresh air.

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''Scream'' and its sequels set themselves apart from other slashers. Instead of coming off just as straight-up horror films, they also served as [[BlackComedy dark]], [[PostModernism "meta"]] [[StealthParody parodies]] [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror of the slasher genre]]. The killers all [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[GenreSavvy deliberately invoked slasher movie cliches]] while their targets tried to survive by [[GenreSavvy attempting to guess which horror movie tropes the killers would invoke next]] -- a move that just as often [[DeathByGenreSavviness got them killed]] as it did save them. The series was awash in ConversationalTroping, as twenty years' worth of horror movie tropes got name-dropped, mocked, and then invoked anyway. To a generation that had grown up viewing slasher films as [[DeaderThanDisco trite and cliched]] following the genre's burnout at the end of TheEighties, ''Scream'' served as a breath of fresh air.
25th Jun '16 5:43:21 PM jameygamer
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* TeensAreMonsters: [[spoiler:Four of the killers over the series, including the duos in both the first and fourth movies, are teenagers, including the original killers Billy Loomis and Stu Macher, both of whom killed Sidney's mother; all of these teens except for maybe Charlie Walker are seriously dislikable when they are revealed to be Ghostface the Killer.]]
24th Jun '16 8:48:17 PM jameygamer
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* DeathBySex: This is by far the biggest no-no for dealing with these movies; virtually every single character that has ever had sex ([[spoiler:including Randy]]) '''will''' be sliced and diced by Ghostface at some point. This is outright stated as Rule No. 1 by Randy: Sex = Death. [[spoiler:Sidney, being the lead character, is the only one to escape this trope despite not being a virgin at the end of the first film.]]
24th Jun '16 8:43:56 PM jameygamer
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** One of Randy's rules for surviving horror movies that isn't related to sex, booze or drugs is never saying the classic catch phrase "I'll be right back", because you '''won't''' be back.


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* FourIsDeath: The magic words that Randy says is verboten, "I'll be right back", is exactly four words/syllables long.
3rd Jun '16 2:59:54 AM jameygamer
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* ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'' (or ''[[Letters2Numbers Scre4m]]''), released in 2011, brought the action back to Woodsboro as the surviving characters of the original trilogy dealt with the legacy of the events of those films. ''Scream 4'' parodied the [[TorturePorn various]] [[FoundFootageFilms trends]] in horror that cropped up in the decade between ''Scream 3'' and ''Scream 4'' -- including, most specifically, the surge of {{remake}}s and [[ContinuityReboot reboots]] of classic horror franchises. While critics and fans gave it a decent reception, its disappointing box office returns[[note]]The three previous films took in upwards of $100 million each domestically, but this one didn't even reach that amount with domestic and overseas grosses ''combined'' - though it only cost about $40 million to make.[[/note]] may have [[FranchiseKiller short-circuited]] the film's attempt to restart the franchise with a new trilogy. That said...

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* ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'' (or ''[[Letters2Numbers Scre4m]]''), released in 2011, brought the action back to Woodsboro as the surviving characters of the original trilogy dealt with the legacy of the events of those films. ''Scream 4'' parodied the [[TorturePorn various]] [[FoundFootageFilms trends]] in horror that cropped up in the decade between ''Scream 3'' and ''Scream 4'' -- including, most specifically, the surge of {{remake}}s and [[ContinuityReboot reboots]] of classic horror franchises. While critics and fans gave it a decent reception, its disappointing box office returns[[note]]The three previous films took in upwards of $100 million each domestically, but this one didn't even reach that amount with domestic and overseas grosses ''combined'' - though it only cost about $40 million to make.[[/note]] may have [[FranchiseKiller short-circuited]] the film's attempt to restart the franchise with a new trilogy.trilogy [[note]] This is the first and only one of the ''Scream'' films to not be distributed by The Walt Creator/{{Disney}} Company since copyright holders Miramax broke up with them in the 2000's [[/note]]. That said...
14th May '16 2:25:09 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* CreatorCameo: Director Creator/WesCraven has brief cameos in all the films. In the first, he's the school janitor [[ShoutOut Fred]]; in the second, he plays a doctor in the hospital; in the third, he's one of the tourists on the movie lot.
** Also had a cameo in the fourth, but it ended up on the cutting room floor.

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* CreatorCameo: CreatorCameo:
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Director Creator/WesCraven has brief cameos in all the films. In the first, he's the school janitor [[ShoutOut Fred]]; in the second, he plays a doctor in the hospital; in the third, he's one of the tourists on the movie lot.
** Also
lot. He would've had a cameo in the fourth, but it ended up on the cutting room floor.



* ForTheEvulz: Many of any Ghostface killer's reasons.
** Probably [[spoiler: Stu]] the most though. He really had no reason to help [[spoiler: Billy]] but did just because he [[EvilIsHammy wanted to]].

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* ForTheEvulz: Many of any Ghostface killer's reasons.
** Probably
reasons, with [[spoiler: Stu]] Stu in the first film]] being the most though. notable examples. He really had no reason to help [[spoiler: Billy]] Billy]], but did just because he [[EvilIsHammy he wanted to]].to]]. The third film has Sidney's ShutUpHannibal speech to the killer insinuate that ''everybody'' who ever donned the Ghostface identity was like this, their {{Freudian Excuse}}s being just that, excuses for them to get their rocks off killing people.



* HateSink: [[spoiler:Billy Loomis in the first film, Mrs. Loomis in the second, Roman Bridger in the third and Jill Roberts in the fourth would all qualify due to them not just revealed to be the killers, but also BitchInSheepsClothing {{Jerkass}}es who sadistically and mean-spiritedly gives Sidney grief in TheReveal]].

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* HateSink: [[spoiler:Billy Loomis in the first film, Mrs. Loomis in the second, Roman Bridger in the third third, and Jill Roberts in the fourth fourth]] would all qualify qualify, due to them not just being revealed to be as the killers, but also BitchInSheepsClothing {{Jerkass}}es who sadistically and mean-spiritedly gives give Sidney grief in TheReveal]].TheReveal.



* MadeOfIron: Notably averted. Ghostface is clumsy, falls down, and gets smacked around quite a bit, due to the fact it's normal folk under the masks, and not the genre's usual undead/supernatural/etc. figures.
** Though it should be noted that it still takes a lot to [[{{Determinator}} kill]] [[NotQuiteDead them]].

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* MadeOfIron: Notably averted. Ghostface is clumsy, falls down, and gets smacked around quite a bit, due to the fact it's normal folk under the masks, and not the genre's usual undead/supernatural/etc. figures.
** Though
figures. That said, it should be noted that it still takes a lot to [[{{Determinator}} kill]] [[NotQuiteDead them]].



** Subverted in ''Scream 2'', [[spoiler: Gale and Sidney expect Mrs. Loomis to be this, and then Mickey jumps up behind them screaming. They shoot and kill him, and then Sidney shoots the (probably already dead) Mrs. Loomis in the head, just to be sure]].

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** Subverted in ''Scream 2'', 2''. [[spoiler: Gale and Sidney expect Mrs. Loomis to be this, and then Mickey ''Mickey'' jumps up behind them screaming. They shoot and kill him, and then Sidney shoots the (probably already dead) Mrs. Loomis in the head, just to be sure]].



** ''Scre4m'' [[spoiler: shows Jill survive a defibrillator on full power to the head, and attempt to stab the characters in the back with glass. Sidney, fully expecting it, turns around and shoots her in the heart killing her]].

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** ''Scre4m'' ''[=Scre4m=]'' [[spoiler: shows Jill survive a defibrillator on full power to the head, and attempt she gets up and attempts to stab the characters in the back with a shard of glass. Sidney, fully expecting it, turns around and shoots her in the heart heart, killing her]]. her.]]



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The plot was loosely inspired by the Gainseville Ripper, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Rolling Danny Rolling]], who murdered five students in Florida in the early 90's.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The plot was loosely inspired by the Gainseville Ripper, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Rolling Danny Rolling]], who murdered five students in Florida in the early 90's.'90s.



** The phrase "I'll be right back" is treated like this. Stu makes a point to say it multiple times, apparently jokingly.[[spoiler: Considering he's one of the killers, though, he knows things the rest of the cast don't...]]

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** The phrase "I'll be right back" is treated like this. Stu makes a point to say it multiple times, apparently jokingly.[[spoiler: Considering [[spoiler:Considering he's one of the killers, though, he knows things the rest of the cast don't...]]
11th Apr '16 1:16:06 PM Eagal
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** Officers Ross and Hoskins are another classic example... see TooDumbToLive under ''[=Scre4m=]''.


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%%** Officers Ross and Hoskins are another classic example.
27th Jan '16 4:05:35 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* HateSink: [[spoiler:Billy Loomis in the first film, Mrs. Loomis in the second, Roman Bridger in the third and Jill Roberts in the fourth would all qualify due to them not just revealed to be the killers, but also BitchInSheepsClothing {{Jerkass}}es who sadistically and mean-spiritedly gives Sidney grief in TheReveal]].
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