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091: Wes Craven’s Scream & Star Wars: The Last Jedi Reaction

Maximilian Rivera December 18, 2017

Does a satirical horror film like Scream still hold up after two decades? Find out on the our podcast about Wes Craven’s Scream!

By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79% 

Let’s talk about Scream — the 1996 Wes Craven horror film that became a smash hit almost instantly. Not only because it’s a great horror film, but also because it’s smart, funny, and a refreshing take on the genre that still holds up. In fact, you can see the impact Scream had from the sequels produced, as well as plenty of copycat horror films.

The film is full of great talent, including Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, David Arquette, and Matthew Lillard. These actors bring life to the film, with characters being portrayed as lively, fully realized teenagers — even in their almost unbelievable situation. The music, the visuals, the editing — it all pumps fear into the viewer without ever feeling cheap like some horror films can.

While Scott wasn’t quite ready to give his initial Star Wars: The Last Jedi reaction, I proclaim my spoiler-free adoration upon the latest entry into the series.

We also talk about a few other subjects, including Hulu’s Futureman. I watched a few episodes and found it funny, but didn’t find myself compelled to declare it a great show. There are fun references and good talent within the episodes I watched, but it never compelled me into watching more.

If I’m bored, I may check out some more, though. I think Hulu has hit gold with Marvel’s Runaways, however.

​Scott treated himself to the wonderful Lady Bird, and he delivered his praises for that. If you missed our last few episodes, I recently watched Lady Bird and thought it was absolutely spectacular. However he also watched Kong: Skull Island, which is a film he wasn’t sure if he’d like. What did he think? Listen down below to find out.

Topics of Discussion:

  • ​Does Scream work more as a satire or as a standalone horror film?
  • Has this film aged over the last two decades any?
  • What makes a good mystery, and is Scream a good mystery as well as a slasher film?
  • Does the film use horror tropes in a smart fashion?
  • What sets this apart from teen horror like I Know What You Did Last Summer? and spoofs like Scary Movie?

What’s your favorite scary movie? If it’s Scream, give our episode a listen and let us know what you think!

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.