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Scream Trilogy Released On Blu-Ray!

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Is there any film genre as self-aware and often intentionally ironic as horror? It almost seems a rite of passage that new writer-directors want to cut their teeth (as well as various other body parts of victims) on making a horror film, and more often than not these newcomers like to traffic in hoary clichés, if only to prove that "they can do it, too." How many movies have you seen which begin with the hapless, frightened female running from an unseen attacker, only to meet her demise before the opening credits roll? If you're like most people, probably more than you can count. But that's just the tip of the cliché iceberg in terms of horror movies. There's a virtual laundry list of tropes that anyone who's seen enough horror films can recite, including things like gruesome deaths after sex, killers emerging from shadowy corners, and, of course, the inevitable "rise from the grave" which almost always caps films of this ilk, when just as you're beginning to relax after the killer has been vanquished, he miraculously comes back from the dead to try to wreak at least a little more havoc before he shuffles off this mortal coil. Part of what made the Scream franchise so bracing and enjoyable, then, was how it relished, even wallowed, in horror movie clichés, while it simultaneously plumbed those very clichés for a surprising number of bona fide scares. The first Scream took 1996 audiences by storm and ushered in a whole new wave of self-aware and intentionally ironic horror films. But in many ways, the first Scream is the best of the lot, not just of this new subgenre, but in terms of the Scream trilogy itself. Writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven fashion a near perfect blend of thrills and laughs, and the goofiness that resides just beneath the surface of even the most violent sequences makes the first Scream a hoot (for wont of a better word).


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