Top 5 Moments From The Scream Movie Franchise
In 1996, notable horror director, Wes Craven released Scream. This slasher movie changed the game for the horror genre by bringing us characters who were aware of horror movies and knew of the mistakes not to make to survive one. It was a clever premise and all credit goes to screenwriter Kevin Williamson for crafting such a unique take on the horror movie scene. The Scream franchise features a strong female cast and developed them to not be the damsel-in-distress types. With the fifth installment releasing on January 14, we figure this would be the best time to look back at the five best moments from this slasher franchise and relive the glory days of when we first encountered the Ghostface killer. So, let’s count them down and remember, if the phone rings, don’t answer it.
Casey Becker’s Death- Scream Opening
It’s nice to feature your cast on the film’s poster but no one could’ve suspected that Drew Barrymore would be killed in the opening moments of the very movie she’s starring in. When the phone rings and a mysterious man is on the other end of that call, Casey assumes it’s just a wrong number. This caller flirts with her and they get to talking about horror movies, a nice topic no doubt. Things turn sinister when the caller starts making threats and reveals that he has Casey’s boyfriend tied to a chair on her back patio. After everything goes south, Casey and the killer come face-to-face and a fight ensues. Unfortunately, Casey Becker is unable to survive the attack and becomes the second victim in the opening scene of Scream. It sets the mood of the film early on, but after this opening moment, we knew that this slasher film was quite different from all the others that came before.
Randy’s Rules for Surviving a Horror Movie
Watching a horror movie can be a lot of fun. It’s a thrill to see the killer lurking from behind while hoping that the potential victim will turn around in time and hopefully get away. Studying horror films does make the audience notice the annoying cliches that have plagued the genre forever. During the ending sequence of Scream, Randy and his party guests are watching Halloween while a killer is outside or inside the home. Randy informs the partygoers that there are certain rules to surviving a horror movie. He lists three key rules. In the two sequels, Randy would also inform characters of what to do in regards to what’s happening and how sequels often have different rules. Randy Meeks was certainly the most entertaining character of the bunch and ever since we heard his first set of rules, we have memorized them to this day. The only thing you can do is follow his rules and survive, but sometimes, you may find yourself making new mistakes.
Reckless Driving- Scream 2
After a copycat killer appears to be bringing up old wounds, Sidney Prescott is assigned two bodyguards to protect her. It’s traumatic enough to survive someone trying to kill you, but a second time is just bad luck. During this sequence, Sidney along with her friend Hallie, are being transported by the bodyguards to a secure location. A traffic light stops the car which allows Ghostface to surprise attack the officers. Since both Sidney and Hallie are in a police car, the child safety locks are switched on meaning they cannot exit the vehicle unless their door is opened from the outside. This scene stands out because it involves one officer getting killed by a knife wound while the other is taken for the ride of his life when Ghostface enters the driver’s seat and guns the engine towards the officer. After the car crashes, the vehicle is stuck and the only way of escape is to climb through the driver’s side window where the killer sits unconsciously. This is one of the tensest scenes of the franchise because we aren’t sure if the killer is just knocked out, dead, or is waiting for the moment to strike!
Cotton Weary’s Death- Scream 3
I think we can all agree that Scream 3 was a major disappointment, but it still had some decent moments. If anything else, the Scream franchise is known for its memorable opening scenes. All four movies feature something unique. For the opening of Scream 3, we see Cotton Weary being targeted by a new killer. Poor Cotton Weary had his life turned upside when he was first accused of murder, and now an actual killer is after him and his girlfriend. His girlfriend is tricked into thinking that Cotton is trying to kill her after the killer can mimic the way he talks when he first attacks Cotton’s girlfriend. An interesting setup that actually should’ve stayed in the opening and not used moving forward. Still, the brief fight that Cotton and the killer engage in was an exciting opening scene in an otherwise disappointing third act. Plus, that title card was pretty sick.
Multiple Kills- Scream 4 Opening
The fourth entry in this franchise opens exactly as the first one did only with a bit of a twist. Young women are slashed to death only to reveal that it was a movie that other characters were watching. Wait, which of the women are real, and which ones are part of a movie? Upon seeing this opening scene for the first, even the audience was enthralled and somewhat confused as to who was who. When reality does finally arrive, we are treated to a typical opening that doesn’t feel as fresh, but considering the “fake” in the beginning, our perception was turned upside for a brief moment. Before the killer does strike, we get those funny lines of dialogue from Roger Jackson (the voice of the Ghostface killer) and a treated to some scares and some laughs. At the very least, Scream 4 was an improvement over the third entry, and here’s to hoping that the fifth installment will bring some fun surprises.
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