Scream has made itself the highlight of the Slasher genre.
The Slasher genre appeared in the 90s but is no longer impressive. Movies often feature tiresome jokes, the same predictable formula that exhausts audiences. However, Scream came out and completely changed the landscape.
Scream follows the classic “whodunit” formula of killer movies, but boldly points out the problem in the genre. In the hands of West Craven, the series reinvents the Slasher genre’s expectations through four elements of horror logic that tie together to stand out in its genre.
1. Logic in horror movies
Slasher movies have a habit of repeating silly things like bad things happen to teenagers, the final girl is a virgin and someone is always running upstairs and audiences began to lament how predictable these types of stories were. For Scream , the producer created what is called “horror logic” and viewers are somewhat convinced by the decisions of the characters.
Every action is justified, even if it seems a little silly. What else can the characters do? If the pet door is the only way out of the garage with a knife-wielding man looking to kill you, you’ll have to work your way through it if you want to live. Can the character escape? Of course not, but her actions were out of desperation. So either way it makes more sense than the kid who was being chased by the killer running upstairs with the door in front of him. Thanks to this logic, Scream was able to release many movies later and still be well received.
2. Murderer’s motive
After you have a reasonable lineup of victims, you must have one or more reasonable killers and the motive is the first thing to deal with. Rational motivation is what drives the actions of the killers in Scream . What is a reasonable motive in Scream ? Those are the reasons why they kill people so simply but believably. Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) blames his psychopathic tendencies and controlling mother (similar to Psycho ‘s Norman Bates ), while Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard’s) reason for murder is… “pressure.” from friends”. Both reasons for murder are shallow and unwarranted, but not infallible.
Simply think of Hannibal. He kills and cannibals because of childhood trauma, but when it comes to Hannibal, people tend to argue his murderous motives are “philosophical”. Not simply a psycho, he likes to kill and eat people he considers rude, because he wants to be god… All in all, it’s a very long debate. But in Scream , murderers kill people for very simple reasons, and the advantage here is that even if you find it silly, you still understand their motives, instead of having to think about psychological theories. complex. In fact, psychology has shown that the motives of serial killers are often not as complex as Hannibal’s.
Horror film expert Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) simplifies this by saying, “Motivations are incredibly random” . For slasher killers, the complicated motives will lose audiences. Furthermore, the motives of the Ghostfaces in the film are both routine and believable. When the motives are not so complicated, anyone can be a killer for any reason (pressure, wanting to make a true horror movie, family drama, jealousy…). If the movie focuses too much on the logic of the motive, the work will make the ending too revealing.
According to movie logic, the more mysterious the character, the more likely it is to become a suspect. But the Ghostfaces barely stand out, rather, completely blend in with the victims. Simply because when the killer’s motivation is peer pressure or overly controlling parents. That way, anyone can be a suspect. Since this problem happens to most of us, murderers will not exhibit antisocial or psychopathic traits. Viewers will have to sit through a fairly large number of suspects, knowing that the movie is almost over.
3. Humanize instead of deified your killer
What do Michael Meyers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger have in common? They can’t die and always live after the victim’s “selling” screen, even when soaked in toxic corrosive chemicals (that’s Jason, everyone!). After many movies, these killers are almost invincible and almost impossible to die. But Scream has a different tactic.
Craven takes a different approach to killers by turning them into normal people. Ghostface is a truly anthropomorphized killer who makes a lot of mistakes due to his lust for murder, and the series continually shows us that victims can fight off Ghostface.
Murderers like Michael Meyers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger embody evil, so they can’t literally die. Meanwhile, Billy and Stu (the franchise’s first Ghostface), two teenage boys, don’t understand that they’re “not” in a horror movie and must face the real consequences of being caught or being caught by other villains. victim resists.
Another advantage is that anthropomorphized killers are much more terrifying than ghosts because they are just like us, until the moment they take off their masks to reveal their true nature. And they also do not make the audience inhibited every time they have to think about why they are alive. In Halloween, the answer can only be supernatural intervention, but in Scream , the answer makes much more sense.