Scream 1 Part 1

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  • Neo Ultra Mike
    Heh, the funny thing is that after your intro I actually wrote a comment saying that Dena does these kind of reviews and you should had a cameo at the beginning when you said no one at channel awesome does these. But you're right: you DID antiicpate people saying that and thus actually countered it before the review ended. I think a longer cameo would of been better but still congrats sir on figuring out how people might attack you before your video is over.
  • Adamant Adam
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    Scream 4 had better be good. I didn't really like the 2nd or 3rd Scream films, but the first one will always remain one of my favourite horror movies ever.
  • Welshy
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    I think Scream 4 can work if Williamson turns his satirical style on the recent trend in horror. Scream 1 was able to look at slashers, while Scream 2 their sequels. Scream 4 has the chance to rip apart the current obsession with remakes. That does seem like the way they're going, especially from the trailer where Ghostface asks "Name the remake..." and the character reels off about 12 films, which have all been released in the last few years.
  • Drake666
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    You're right about the first and the second movies (and I hope you're right about the fourth one), they're satirical... what's was the point about the third one ?
  • snoofulus
    3rd one was satirical, too. °_°
  • Cferra
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    Legend! This vid was pretty damn awesome, mate. Keep up the good work!
  • Jegsimmons
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    oh welshy, you so funny.

    but i never honestly like scream, i just didnt think it was very scary.
  • VengefulRonin
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    Thanks for reminding me how much I love the Scream series, I'm going to rewatch this movie now.

    I really don't think there needs to be another Scream though, the series had its time. Buuut then again, if (and this is a big if) they can make it as good as the first one, it might breathe some new life into the terribly stale and cliche horror genre that we have today.
  • QwertnotQwark
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    Well done Welshy can't wait for the next part.
  • Amethyst07  - EEEEK!
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    I know the movie scared the hell out of me! I was a horror movie virgin, admittedly (in terms of not having seen any horror movies prior to Scream) and watching Drew Barrymore and her boyfriend get it about made me wet myself.

    The odd thing being, of course, that Scream was supposed to poke holes in every horror movie cliche (and did) but was also scarier than so many other horror movies.

    But, Welshy, picking a movie you like was a good decision: You did this one really well, and it's easy to tell that you genuinely enjoy it, with none of it feigned. Good job!
  • elelgood90
    I love Scream. I'm glad you're reviewing it. I saw this movie when I was very young. I must have been about 6. I loved it as a kid. It terrified me. I can't believe my parents let me watch it. I never saw Scream 3, and I don't really want to, but I can't wait to see Scream 4. I really liked this video and I can't wait until I see the next part of it.
  • Zydrate
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    Good analysis. I don't think slasher films are scary so I never found this movie to be scary, but I do think Ghost face is probably the funniest slasher since Freddy Krueger.
  • CaptainTrips70
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    The whole Drew Barrymore thing was a tribute to Psycho. When Psycho was first released, Janet Leigh was billed as the star and as we all know, she perished relatively early in the film in an even more famous scene...Hitchcock did this to make the death scene more shocking and I honestly believe Craven did this as an homage.
  • Welshy
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    They talk about that in the commentary on the film, but the big diff between the Barrymore scene and the Leigh scene is that Janet was killed off at the half way point, meaning your focus and sympathy shifted to Norman (the killer) and he became the main character, which just shows the genius of Hitchcock, but yup, your right, and Williamson always wanted a big name actress in the role.
  • TamLin
    Wow, a positive review. Now there's a novel concept. Once upon a time, this phenomena was known as an intrinsic part of normal criticism. Now it's the kind of thing that requires a disclaimer, for some reason.
  • Natnie
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    It's good to know I was a brave kid, as I saw this movie when I was 10 or 11 years old, and enjoyed the hell out of it!
  • EpicFish
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    Yeah, Trips is right about the beginning of Scream being an homage to Psycho, so technically Scream wasn't the first horror movie to do the kill of the actor/actress you think is going to be the hero.

    Also, I don't know if you know this Welshy, but Black Christmas (the original) actually came out in 1974 while Halloween was released in 1978, four years later. So another technicality, Black Christmas was the first ever slasher flick. The thing is, Black Christmas didn't do so well when it first came out (I'm not sure if it was due to ratings or not enough marketing since it was made in Canada) so it was pretty much forgotten leaving the industry wide open for John Carpenter. Not saying that's bad because he is one of my favorite directors.

    I have to say though as far has horror directors go, in my opinion Wes Craven just isn't turning out great films as he used to. A Nightmare On Elm Street - Spectacular! Scream - Awesome! The People Under The Stairs - An underrated classic! The Hills Have Eyes? Creeptastic! The Last House on the Left - Truly chilling! Red Eye - Groan. Pulse - ...Total fail. My Soul To Take? A rehash of AN(M?)OES without Freddy Kruger. I'm hoping Scream 4 does better.

    Other than that, great video! Can't wait for Part 2!
  • brick mooncode
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    Did you learn about Black Christmas from Phelous' review, or from James Rolfe's review?
  • Welshy
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    Oh I know. If you check out the posters next to me when I'm talking about the slashers, I put Psycho and Black Christmas before Halloween pops up. I've got Black Christmas on dvd and in the commentary, the director recalls a conversation he had with John Carpenter where he was asked if he ever planned a sequel to Black Christmas and he had said, if he ever made one, he would set it on Halloween, so if anything, Black Christmas directly inspired Halloween. In terms of mainstream attention though, Halloween got more and left a lasting legacy with Michael Myers, so it's place in the slasher field seems bigger, but thats the reason I included the Psycho and Black Christmas posters, because I always felt they were the first slashers.
  • rockybalboa211  - MAGNIFICENT!!
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    Welshy is my new favorite reviewer on the site! God bless Wales! :D

    I'm 22, and I still remember my dad telling my mom that the reason we couldn't have a cell phone in 1995 was because they were dangerous with radiation. I mean I didn't get one till 2005, and thank God for cell phones. It's so much easier than having to go use the pay phone at my school and call my parents to pick me up after tennis practice :)

    Also, I have an idea.. your bear, plus linkara's bear, and Benzaie's bear should do a bear cross over review!
  • itbegins2005
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    This was actually the first horror film I ever saw. I'd been seriously put off of the genre as a kid when I accidentally caught a glimpse of a Freddy Krueger movie at age six, and wouldn't go near the stuff until Scream came along. It was this film's balance of humor and horror that made it tolerable for me to watch, and afterwards I started looking into other horror movies- in particular Halloween, since it was such a big factor in this movie's style. To this day, I credit Scream with piquing my interest in the horror genre, which is now one of my favorites.

    Thank you, Wes Craven... wherever you are!

    (Oh, and BTW, this was a pretty awesome first review- I can't wait to see part two!)
  • snoofulus
    Horror doesn't only consist of slashers, you know.
  • The_Awesometeer
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    Having a marathon this weekend before seeing the 4th one
  • CaptainAndy27
    I love this so far man, I decided to watch because I too LOVE Scream and I just watched Wes Craven's latest unfortunate movie "My Soul to Take" so I wanted to be reminded of what Craven can do that's good. So thank you so much, can't wait for Part 2.
  • RanmaCMH
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    This was a really fun review, I was really disappointed to have it end so soon! I am extremely skeptical about the fourth movie coming out, there being so many years in between this and the previous ones, so I'll be interested to get your take on it before I see it.

    I think my favorite Scream memory was watching it for the second time with a bunch of girlfriends who hadn't seen it, and one other one who had. We were watching the Drew Barrymore opening and the girls who were watching it for the first time were totally losing their shit. They kept asking over and over, "DOES SHE MAKE IT???" while the one other girl, who honestly doesn't have a mean bone in her body, and who HAD seen it before kept reassuring them the whole time that she would.

    Good times.
  • KillerBunnyFooFoo
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    I also saw "Scream" at an age not appropriate. My parents were young when they had me, so movie night was always made up of movies they wanted to watch. And their dual love of horror movies made it so I was acquainted with most slasher villains while in grade school. While we had to play blinders during sex scenes, they had no problem with us watching gore and violence. That scene with Drew Barrymore was pretty horrific and I was able to guess one of the killers simply by how much freaked me out. I love Jamie Kennedy's character as well and was happy they were able to fit him in the third via video.

    Can't wait for part 2.
  • PutridBeing  - This was a long time ago
    I once had a Halloween costume of the scream outfit with the mask that could pump "blood" down the face with a pump that you hide in your sleeve. I had children and squeamish people running. It was so much fun!
  • Welshy
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    They still sell that now, I love it :) Also, Halloween this year will go Ghostface crazy with all the Scream hype. There's a great vid online of people in Australia (about 20+) just walking around dressed as Ghostface.
  • brick mooncode
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    I liked the video but...
    - Party of Five was a moderately successful show which initiated the careers of Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert.
    - Johnny Depp was a major star before Pirates Of The Caribbean, with a reputation for incredible versatility. He was a top-billed actor in such well-known films as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Blow, and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.
    - A fourth star was made by the success of Halloween: director John Carpenter.
    - Putting aside the question of whether or not it even matters, it would be a major stretch to call what you're doing a copy of anyone or anything.
  • Welshy
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    Lol, I think you misinterpreted what I was saying. For Party of 5 I was talking about its impact in the UK, which wasn't that big when compared to Dawsons Creek. As for Johnny Depp, I wasn't tagreting his star power, but the fact that he had found a role that would define his career, same for Tony Hopkins. It's true, Depp had worked many MANY roles before Pirates, but the Jack Sparrow character crossed over into the main stream more than any other he had played. As for your last point, brick, this is the internet, everyone will accuse you of copying something else. The Dena bit was a joke and a play off in case people did question my opening about doing something no one on site had done before. Thanks for the comment though.
  • EpicFish
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    Just watched Part 2 (somehow it was listed at the end of one of your My Problem With videos) and I really liked it. Welshy, I didn't know Halloween was your favorite movie, especially when I watched your My Problem With Horror Remakes video and posted the John Carpenter quote there. But I'll just post it here and delete the other. I actually found this quote on IMDb and it's John Carpenter giving his video on remakes:

    "I'm flattered if someone comes to me with the idea of remaking one of my films. Remake or original, making a movie still comes down to old-fashioned hard work. If it's based on another film, well, so be it. Remakes have been part of cinema since its earliest days - think of A Star Is Born (1937), which was remade numerous times. And they're especially big right now because it's become increasingly difficult to lure audiences into theaters. Advertising a remade title that may be familiar to audiences can hopefully cut through the clutter of titles and products that one sees."
  • LikaLaruku
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    When I saw the trailer for Scream 4, I thought they were making another Scary Movie film.

    If you're gonna have long hair, don't wear a ponytail. :(

    I started watching horror movies when I was a little girl. To this day I cannot distinguish "horror" from "comedy," except when they're trite in a non-80s sort of way & utterly disappointing...which is the case most of the time.

    When Dark Knight came out, Joker's voice reminded me of Ghostface here.

    It was obvious it wouldn't be the boyfriend, because the boyfriend always dies & the girl is the only one left alive. Themz were the rules.
  • blackraven87
    Nice job Welshy. I agree with some of the other people's critiques, but, still good. :)

    I'm another who was turned to horror by these films & I've watched them, pardon the pun, to death. I have to admit though, I first saw Scream and Scream 2 on tv. x| The thing about the first though, I only caught the ending, so I never got to wonder who the killer(s) was. Annoyingly, when it was gonna air again, I meant to watch it, but once again I managed to only catch the ending. DX

    One awesome thing about the first film, when I originally got it on VHS, I was greeted with a surprise though it was one I didn't realize until I got the dvd set of the films. When I watched the dvd, it seemed strangely different to what I was use to. Come to find out, the VHS was an uncut version which wasn't acknowledged anywhere on or in the tape; it's been a while since I watched and looked at it, but I believe that was the case. I'm in the USA, so I don't mean like the VHS was the original R-rated version. So that's one of the reasons I'm never, least for now, getting rid of that tape. :p
  • LordNifty
    Scream was a slasher movie that admitted that it was a slasher film, and that slasher films are stupid and formulaic, which made it more than a slasher movie... right? It started the formula of announcing the old formula, then changing a single value.

    My main problem with this movie was that this was simply a slasher movie with interesting supplements(likable characters, self-awareness, etc.). The killer was superhuman in that he was superhumanly lucky. I've seen the entire movie, and it was just a slasher movie that seemed determined to convince us that it was clever, shoving its self-awareness down our throats down to the point that one of the characters(I'm trying to avoid spoilers) stated "The killer is going to come back to life soon, so we are going to wait for the jump scare before we kill him". It essentially got away with being considered clever simply by declaring itself to be so.

    P.S. For those who liked this movie's dialogue, see "Heathers". Much better movie.
  • Welshy
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    Fair call and like any movie, it will always have people or like or dislike the way it went about doing what it did.
  • Grimm Film Fanatic  - Scream
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    Awesome review Welshy! Scream was the first horror film I ever saw (not realising at the time it was supposed to be funny so I was actually scared by it!) but needless to say excitement is reaching fever pitch for me now I'll finally be able to see one in the cinema! Cant tell you the number of times I've watched the trilogy in the past few days!
  • Zachary Amaranth
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    "Imagine if Rob Zombie had written [the dialogue]...."

    Scariest thing in the review.

    I am admittedly not a horror movie fan, but this is a series that stuck with me.
  • Welshy
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    The sad thing is, if Zombie had written that scene Tatum and Sidney would have been covered in make up, eye liner and Tatum would have dropped about 7 f'bombs while here parents (step father obviously) were either having sex in the next room or arguing loudly.
  • Threeshades
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    I don't like Scream. Not saying it is bad but for some reason it's just not my cup of tea.
  • ichithe
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    yes! finally someone does this. i love the scream trilogy & i'm really looking forward to the new sequel. too bad ya have to wait until may in germany =(
  • jdreyfuss
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    I always liked Scream, though not the later two movies. Even though I love traditional slasher films for being funny, Scream will always have that element of natural scariness that most of themlose when the killer becomes supernaturally unstoppable. The idea of a killer who doesn't succeed because he's a brick with a knife, but a mortal person who succeeds through good planning and psychopathic tenacity is inherently more scary, because it makes you nervous about the world around you and not just afraid of the movie world. You could say the same thing about the first Friday the 13th movie and it's also one of my favorites.

    I also like the movie because it succeeds at being a satire of the slasher genre. A satire that takes the tropes of the genre and reduces them to absurdities can work, but the best kind of satire is a good example of the genre that is subtly self-aware in deconstructing itself. As Welshy points out, one of the best examples of this kind of satire in Scream is the sequence where Sidney points out the stupidity of horror victims going up the stairs instead of out the door but then forces the stairs to be the better option.

    I also always think of Scream as being the When Harry Met Sally of slasher films. It's successful because it's a good movie as well as being a good example of its genre and it created a resurgence of its genre that follows its specific plot progression, but most of the movies that followed it failed because they tried to simply follow the same plot progression without the complexities of the narrative or characters that are as well written or acted.
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