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Scream & The Rules of Horror

Updated on August 23, 2015
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Kim has many hubs on entertainment especially movies, and actors. she wrote for Squidoo and now has her own blog

When the Silver screan meet the small screen
When the Silver screan meet the small screen

The Ghostface

The original Scream came out in 1996 and was one of the best movies of that year and maybe even decade!

The movie(s) were both cliched on purpose as the first celebrated 'The Rules' of horror and was also not so cliched. Scream laid down the Official yet 'unwritten rules' of horror movies and by the newest installment from 2011 "New Decade, New Rules" was the tagline...

I liked how the writers came up with using the rules in the movie but the charactes (or at least one) being aware of them. In the first movie he would have been the prime suspect. Also if you noticed (which I don't think they did in the movies) every horror movie has certain 'types' of people The Jock, the girly girl, The 'pot head', The Nerd, the broken hearted, the goofball (tho in the first scream to me there were 2!) The best friend, and a few other types that usually are minor characters which may or may not become victims.

The series takes us through surviving a Horror movie, The sequel, a 3rd movie as well as a remake.

At least 3 Characters I think are in all (if not then most of) the movies, Dewy played by David Arquette, the Journalist played by Courtney Cox; & the star and what I call the Ultimate Victim, Sidney Prescott played by Neve Campbell.

The first one I still love watching when it's on. The 2 sequels I never see on, and don't remember a thing from them, other than I think Jamie Lee Curtis (aka The Scream Queen) maybe shows up in one, & I don't mean as in on the tv screen in the first.(unless it someone that looks like her when you look quick)

There is one movie I would mention as being sort of the new scream Watch Cabin in the Woods starring Chris Hemsworth

The Original ground breaking movie

Lasting impressions

I remember the opening scenes to the Scream films being some of the most memorable openingings, not to mention the 5 words that were stuck in one's head for the following decade: "Do you like Scary movies"?

I remember it being the topic of many discussions and well talked about in the news and various other media, after the movie debuted . While a gathering of friends would sometimes start a converstion 'Do you like scary movies?" trying their best to sound like 'Ghost Face' (give it up you need that voice changer).


The Rules

#1 NEVER have sex. Sex=Dead

#2 Never drink or do drugs. Its the sin factor

#3 Never say you'll be right back, because you won't

#4 Only virgins can out run in the chase scenes

#5 never assume the killer is dead.

Sadly media etc does this too much. It's not the movies its the individual person who maybe wasn't loved enough as a child . Other than the fiorst movie & the most recent one that came out in 2011 I don't remember the sequel or 3rd movie

Scream 4-the 'remake'

This being the most recent Sidney comes home on a book tour and encounters the horrors all over again. The same rules from previous movies do not actually apply!

The Rules of Horror

1.) "Never have sex. (Sex = death.)"
2.) "Never drink or do drugs. (A sin factor. It's an extention of number one.)"
3.) "Never ever, EVER under any circumstanses say 'I'll be right back' because you won't be back."

1.) "The body count is always bigger."
2.) "The death scenes are always much more elaborate - more blood, more gore."
3.) "Never, ever, under any circumstances, assume the killer is dead."

1.) "You got a killer who's going to be super human. Stabbing him won't work. Shooting him won't work. Basically in the third one you gotta cryogenically freeze his head, decapitate him, or blow him up."
2.) "Anyone including the main character can die." 3.) "The past will come back to bite you in the ass. Whatever you think you know about the past, forget it. The past is not at rest. Any sins you think were committed in the past are about to break out and destroy you."

- "There are still rules, but the rules have changed. The unexpected is the new cliche."
- "You gotta have an opening sequence that blows the doors off, gallop some music video direction and the kills gotta be way more extreme."
- "Modern audiences get sappy to the rules of the original. So, the reverse has become the new standard. In fact, the only sure-fire way to survive a modern horror movie, you pretty much gotta be gay."

There's a whole new set of rules in town

Screaming Rules for theTV series

Scream has now crossed onto the small screen. When I heard there was going to be a TV series... I was overjoyed, though wasn't too thrilled upon hearing it would be on MTV (how do they even call it M(*as in for music) tv anymore? I never see anything music on it, just trash shows)

I prejudicedly judged the show at the start on the station it would be on. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to watch it now. But after seeing the trailer, this Scream Franchise fan had to give it a shot. After all As Noah (who is basically the reincarnate of Randy) says:

"You can't do a slasher movie as a TV series; Slasher movies burn bright and fast"

Here's my Scream Tv series review now onto

The Rules

- Don't wander off alone

-Everyone is fair game until there's no one left.

Add yourself to the body count


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    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      the sub genre is dubbed Slasher horror, Some of it is better than others.

      Scream is sort of a smart hybrid of serious & Camp

    • Seasons Greetings profile image

      Laura Brown 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I watched a couple of the Scream movies but I'm not a fan of the butchery type of horror. I like to read horror far more than the movie horror.

    • Zodiacimmortal profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @Nightcat: Ah thank you so much!! Yeah I really liked the angle of the 'Rules' they did. THo the 'remake' or comback one was well...

    • Nightcat profile image


      4 years ago

      Loved this review! A well put-together lens and you showed a clear love for the film. Please keep up the great work! :)


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