The Horror Honeys: Don't Answer The Phone. Don't Open The Door. Don't Try To Escape.

Don't Answer The Phone. Don't Open The Door. Don't Try To Escape.

A Slasher Honey Series Review - Kat

As a big fan of the slasher sub-genre (obviously), there's really nothing that brightens up a day more than watching a bunch of stupid teenagers get slaughtered for little or no reason in horrifying ways with very little attention paid to who they are as characters except to define them as their pre-determined stereotypes.

The slasher sub-genre has many faces all of which leap to mind whenever someone mentions a "blood and boobs" horror film: Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, Chucky - the list goes on, but each of these characters has something special - a recognizable face.    Enter Ghostface and a new brand of slasher, the special kind of slasher who knows exactly what they are and what's happening.  A Self aware, self referential, and above all SMART slasher is a rare breed in the horror genre -and it's by FAR my favorite.

Sidney Prescott: You sick fucks. You've seen one too many movies!

Billy: Now Sid, don't you blame the movies. Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!

Below are my favorite Scream series films in order, do you agree?

Scream 2 - advertised as "gorier, sexier and funnier" the second film in the Scream series is by FAR my favorite. The viewer is re-introduced to "the rules" of the horror genre, who dies when, the body count, the final twist, and the ever present search for revenge.  Our poor heroine is tortured and tormented - taunted by the past and forced to watch her friends die all over again.  Why is 2 my favorite in the series?  A slasher that lives up to it's promise of being "gorier, sexier and funnier" as well as being a sequel that is actually better than the original. Plus, helloooo eye candy!  Jerry O'Connell, Timothy Olyphant, Omar Epps and EVEN Jamie Kennedy got better looking since the first film.  NOM.

Scream - The original introduction to Ghostface comes in 3rd on my countdown. For no other reason other than the fact that I enjoyed the hell out of it - we are introduced to "the rules" - which is an important part of every slasher flick, but we never seemed to notice, until Scream pointed it out. What Scream did for the slasher genre, and for horror in general was to make us look at it a little closer - there's a reason for the bloodshed, there's a method to the mayhem and the unifying factor is always sin. Cabin in the Woods got a lot of flack from some members of the horror community for it's Whedonesque tongue in cheek approach to horror - did it make fun of horror fans? Maybe. But I think Scream could be looked at the same way. Wes Craven knows what he's doing, and as a horror fan (and a slasher fan), I like it.

Scream 4 - Yes, the much maligned 4th film in the franchise has taken the 3rd spot in my countdown!  Self-referential eye rolling be damned, I was all over this continuation of the story of Sidney's struggle to escape her past.  The technology update to include streaming video, smart phones and an updated version of the action of the first film really caught my attention, and I loved the move to keep the story fresh, even though it had all the familiar pieces in play.  There are (of course) storyline issues, and the movie within a movie thing got a little exhausting, but I'm willing to overlook them in light of how entertained I was by the rest of the film.

Scream 3 - Sigh. While I'm a BIG fan of frame stories (story within a story, or in this case - a film within a film) I think the attempt to make a film about the filming of a slasher film based on a real story based on another film and all of the weirdly timed cameos and actors playing actors playing other actors really exhausted me to the point of really not caring anymore. The extended storyline of Sidney's mother, while I get it, served no purpose and really pulled the film down - it felt like a reach that never quite got it's fingernails hooked into anything solid.  For me, the Scream franchise could have stuck to the rules laid out for trilogies (the only good part of the film is Randy's brief reappearance - RIP) skipped part 3 altogether and gone straight to 4 and left it as an amazing trilogy that lived up to the hype and history.  Thumbs down.