Horror Movie Challenge: Day 5: Favorite Horror Director (Wes Craven)

I’m a few days behind because I’ve been at Oshkosh Horror with Don’t Go to the Reunion but I’m back with full force. My favorite horror movie director is, and will always be, Wes Craven. Watching A Nightmare on Elm Street at a young age, it became the first horror movie that I truly loved. The Scream films were a huge part of my teenage years, and, as an adult, I’ve learned to appreciate and understand his raw 70’s films like The Hills Have Eyes and Last House on the Left. In his 70’s, he’s still making horror movies and he is just as much my hero as ever.

Slasher Studios Podcast: Worst Final Girls

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On this week’s episode of Slasher Studios Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz will be discussing their least favorite final girls in horror. Final girls that may have made it to the end but should have been given a bloody death. Show starts at 10PM central. Listen in live to find out who made the cut.

Slasher Studios Podcast: Worst Final Girls

Tim’s Slasher Tweet Reviews: “Scream” (1996)

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This week our tweet by tweet Twitter reviewer Tim Schilling is back to cut in the “Scream” franchise. Here is his review for the original ground breaking classic.

Thoughts before watching:
How do I introduce a movie like this? #Scream

Thoughts while watching:
0:02 This opening scene made me run and cry when I first saw it. Not even joking. I was like 10.
0:03 Because I want to know who I’m looking at.
0:10 I really wish I could go back to the first time I saw this movie. I was TERRIFIED.
0:13 Casey just hanging there is so creepy.
0:20 You see so many different things each time you watch this movie no matter what.
0:28 This is the Mean Girls of horror movies. (It’s so damn quoteable.)
0:33 Did everyone really have a cell phone in 1996..?
0:35 I love Dewey and Tatum’s constant arguing.
0:37 POW right in the kisser. Bam bitch went down, Sid super bitch!
0:47 Maybe she’s a sluuuut just like her mother.
0:48 Sidney had the perfect chance right there to catch the killer.
0:50 I was so upset when I heard those two broke up in real life. They are so good for each other.
1:07 I spit on your garage.
1:08 Nooooo tatum! It gets me every time.
1:10 I’ve never really noticed this before, but does Craven use a different lens for some shots?
1:27 I love Gale, but she’s such a bitch in the first one that she deserved to crash.
1:33 I was in shock the first time I found out who the killers were. They got me gooooood.
1:43 Love the ending to this. Gale almost dies and still needs to report.

Overall: Well, #Scream is one of my all time favorites and it always will be. The countless references, great acting, awesome characters and actually creepy scenes make it one of the best horror movies ever made in my opinion.

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Death of the Day—Drew Barrymore Gets Gutted in Wes Craven’s “Scream”

Today we are back with a brand new death of the day, this time we are taking a look at the opening scene of Scream. We feel as though this scene could easily stand alone as a short film because it was so perfectly executed. The cinematography is amazing and the script is extremely well written with some fun references tucked inside for the true horror fans. We have suspense and horror and countless other emotions flowing through us as this scene develops. We have an introduction to a new and exciting character right for the start of the film and it’s able to set up the rest of the movie for the audience. The death alone is nothing over the top, but the elements surrounding it is what we find so thrilling.

My Love Affair With “Scream”

Growing up in a small town with not a lot of friends, you have to do what you can to make the time pass. For me, my friend past-time was horror movies. I devoured them as a kid. I remember going to the local video store with my mom and running to the horror aisle to see what new releases might be in stock. But even more than the new releases, it was the 80’s style horror movies that really caught my eye. The box art was normally quite grotesque with a naked girl here and a body part here. I always thought to myself, “This is awesome!” Hell, the Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors back box art (Kristen in the “Freddy snake”) scared me so much that it would take me years to watch it. Of course, I would always check out the back cover art just to freak myself out.

My view of horror as an art form all changed on one cold winter day in 1996. December 20th, 1996 to be exact (and no, dear viewers, I didn’t need to look that date up). A little movie called “Scream” opened and terrified moviegoers everywhere. It was the first film of its kind. A horror movie in which the characters in the movie had seen other horror movies. It could have been confusing and overly meta but it was all part of the fun.

So, for those of you who haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s one of the best horror movies of the 1990’s and makes me eager to see the reunion in the upcoming Scream 4.

Buy the great blu-ray here: Scream [Blu-ray]