|Posted by Anna H. on October 31, 2014 at 1:20 AM|
SCREAM Trailer (1996)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, MY GUMDROPS!!! As promised, I have 1 of SCREAM's recent documentaries.
Several times, I have heard that SCREAM revived not only the Slasher sub-genre, but also the Horror genre. During the early '90s, I had no idea that the Horror genre was on life support. It was probably because I was always watching Horror films and TV shows growing up.
After I recently learned, that most Horror films were sent straight to videotapes, I was surprised. Thank the media watchdog groups, Christian extremists, and movie critics such as Siskel and Ebert.
These self-righteous zealots always demonized movies by using them as scapegoats rather than blaming adults for not educating and parenting their own children.
The demonization led to Horror filmmakers sending their movies directly to video. Most Horror filmmakers did not want to be blamed every second for murders and attempted murders.
The media watchdog groups, Christian extremists, and ignorant movie critics fail to realize, that some books, movies, and shows are created by writers, who are inspired by watching violent news reports.
Besides the fact, that Slashers have always been controversial, it has often been debated, who created the Slasher sub-genre. Most Horror buffs claim, that John Carpenter's 1978 film, Halloween gave birth to Slashers.
Meanwhile, some other buffs claim it was Alfred Hitchcock's Thriller Psycho in 1960. However, Christmas Slashers were launched, during the early 1970's. The Christmas Slashers were created 4-6 years, before the creation of Halloween.
Silent Night, Bloody Night was a 1972 Christmas Slasher, which sat on the shelf for 2 years. It wasn't released in the movie theaters, until 1974.
October 11, 1974, Canada released Bob Clark's Christmas Slasher, Silent Night, Evil Night.
Silent Night, Evil Night is also known as Stranger In The House and Black Christmas. Silent Night, Evil Night is mostly known as Black Christmas.
Just to let you know, Bob Clark was the exact same filmmaker, who created the 1983 movie, A Christmas Story. You know that movie TBS marathons every Christmas? Clark created those 2 movies 9 years apart from each other.
With that being said, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho technically gave birth to Slashers in 1960 whereas Wes Craven revived the sub-genre by releasing SCREAM in 1996.
I re-iterate that SCREAM not only revived Slashers, but also Horror in general, during the mid to late 1990's. I was 14 years old, when the original SCREAM released in the movie theaters. Every time I watched TV, the networks were always airing different SCREAM commercials.
In fact, MTV advertised the Slasher, while Republica's music video for "Drop Dead Gorgeous" played in the background.
Republica "Drop Dead Gorgeous" SCREAM's Commercial Theme Song (1996)
Strangely enough, Republica did NOT make it onto the original SCREAM Soundtrack. Although, "Drop Dead Gorgeous" was played in the movie.
I have explained enough for the time being. Here's the documentary, SCREAM: The Inside Story.
SCREAM: The Inside Story (2011)
Since there will not be a Song Saturday blog tomorrow, I have a bonus song for you all. It's another song, that was actually on the original SCREAM Soundtrack. Anyway, here's Sister Machine Gun's "Better Than Me."
Sister Machine Gun "Better Than Me" SCREAM Soundtrack (1996)
I hope you have a scary Halloween!
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