Since most devilishly devoted fans of horror films possess strong, fearless stomachs, binge-watching a few grisly slasher movies, that emerged to life during the 90s, is a challenge that’s easily accepted. The contents of the decade embellish everything from bloodcurdling gore, gruesome visual effects and some frightfully realistic stabbings and sudden impalements. Although not as hyped about as the initial 80s horror boom, the 90s has paved way for some truly horror-ific creations to the dreadful flick category. That being said, there’s no denying that the Scream franchise took horror in a whole new direction when everyone started asking the question, “what’s your favorite scary movie?” A funny and clever, yet dangerously terrifying franchise that played on our undying fears of being helpless and alone. This franchise not only re-invented the wheel, but it also revitalized horror with something fresh and modern, only managing to do it in a way that had the audience laughing and covering their eyes at the same time. Now, we already know that you love the Scream franchise, but how well do you really know it?
Where did the idea for the iconic mask come from?
Surprisingly enough, the classic Ghostface mask wasn’t actually created by the costume department. In fact, when the producers were out looking for filming locations, they came across it in a random person’s attic. The mask reminded them of a famous painting by Edvard Munch entitled, “Scream”.
It was based on true events
Like many horror films before its time, the Scream franchise was loosely based on true events. Screenwriter, Kevin Williamson, followed the media coverage of the Gainesville Ripper case, found the story to be a little creepy and reached out to a friend over the phone. After their discussion about the case, they started discussing elements of their favorite scary movies and BAM, the idea for the franchise emerged.
A quick and painful death
While most horror movies show the protagonist slowly slipping into madness over the course of a few days, the Scream franchise is notoriously known for offing their characters within a blink of an eye. Needless to say, these punchy movies are loaded with lots of action, but answering a simple text message may leave you lost and confused as to which character was brutally slashed.
The Scream franchise and Halloween franchise possess a connection
Aside from the obvious part — where both villains have a reason for going after the protagonists in the films — both Halloween and the original Scream movie share a couple connections. For starters, during the Scream party sequence, the teens are drinking, dancing and indulging in a horror movie binge. One of those movies is actually Halloween. The best part is in one of the Halloween sequels — Halloween H20 — the favor is returned when a foursome of characters is sitting around watching Scream 2 during the plot’s downtime.
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