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Netflix Pick of the Week: Scream

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Released in 1996

Since I’ve been on a Wes Craven kick I’ve decided to choose this nineties gem and Kevin Williamson written slasher starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Jamie Kennedy and Drew Barrymore as my Netflix Pick of the Week. A standout picture that has now become cliche due to the saturated market of teen horror that has tried to imitate it, Scream is a great movie born out of a clever script.

Self aware and witty, this nineties slasher knew what it was doing. Scream is more than your typical horror film, while playing with some of the rules set in to motion before slasher scripts were a thing, Scream found its own way in to the heads of its audience. While there are certain things you may question (check out cinema sins Everything Wrong with Scream) the good far out ways the bad. An enjoyable movie that I return to at least once a year, Scream is a classic thanks to great direction by Craven and a fun script by Williamson.

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The cast of characters are far more complex than the characters of this films predecessors. Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy, is the know-it all film buff. He is the odd one out in a group of friends including final girl, Sidney Prescott, who is still reeling from mother’s murder one year prior to the events of the film. Her boyfriend Billy Loomis, with his perfect teen heartthrob hair, is the brooding type while his best friend Stu is the goofball. Tatum is the best friend and the perfect foil to her good girl friend, Sidney. Apart from the high school students is Dewey, a sheriff and brother to Tatum, and Gale Weathers, a reporter who believes Sidney was wrong about the man she accused of killing her mother. There is also a special appearance by Henry Wrinkler as the Principle and a cameo by Director Wes Craven who appears as a Janitor that looks suspiciously like Freddy Kruger.

The film is brutal but not gory. Funny and is dramatic without becoming overly cheesy. There are many ways this film could have gone wrong but while refusing to take itself seriously, Scream is able to standout in a difficult genre.

Checkout MTV’s Scream, on Netflix, A Nightmare on Elm Street and New Nightmare by Director Wes Craven are on Netflix and The Vampire Diaries and The Following created by Kevin Williams are also available on the streaming website.

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You’re Next

You’re Next is an American independent slasher film and home invasion thriller initially released in 2011. The film centers around a family after they reunite at their vacation home to celebrate their parents anniversary. They are soon the victims to what seem like a random attack by three unknown assailants. Unbeknownst to the family and their attackers Crispian’s girlfriend has a lot of skill when it comes to protecting herself and others. She soon takes charge and begins to beat the attackers at there own game.

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I first heard of this film while listening to my pandora station. I was not intrigues because I thought “Wow another one, really?” Then something inside changed. I wanted to see it. So I downloaded it, watching it and fell in love with it. You’re Next is not the self-aware films that made Scream popular but there are several moments you may find yourself laughing. The family angst makes this film even more enjoyable. The solution isn’t the most obvious but if you often watch horror films, mysteries or crime drama’s you will find yourself asking all the right questions.

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I recently purchased the Blue-Ray+DVD+Digital HD copy from Target. I found it on sale and couldn’t resist. It was apart of my first ever haul video.

Special Features

  • The Making of You’re Next
  • Audio Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Blue-Ray Features
Blue-Ray Features

I enjoyed watching The Making of You’re Next. It included interviews with the cast and crew and showed several behind the scene moments. I enjoyed seeing the way effects where done. I wish the segment was longer and had more detail. I know however that this is an independent film so I will give them some leeway for that.

I recommend You’re Next and the edition I mentioned above. You can find the link to the exact copy on my side bar. Please feel free to comment and check out my haul.

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