Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Genre Research: Scream

Wes Craven, 1996

Budget: $15M; US box office: $162M

Rottentomatoes.com 80%; IMDB 7.2.

Synopsis: A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the "Rules" of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.

The film links very closely to ours, in the plot, and in other ways too. Here are the ways in which our film links to Scream:

The film is post-modern, and so is ours, it has a film within a film.

It has lots of strong intertextual links to other movies, such as Halloween and Terror Train.

In the opening, a scream queen and her jock boyfriend gets killed off by a murderer with a mask on.

The murderer contacts the scream queen via a phone with a distorted voice.

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