Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
DAY 7: Scream (1996)
There are a bunch of horror movies that “broke new ground” when they were released, and Scream is amongst the absolute best. Telling what would appear to be a generic story about a group of kids who get picked off one by one by a serial killer named Ghostface, Wes Craven deconstructs the horror genre to tell a unique, fun, and just plain and simply great story. The story isn’t just straight slasher, it’s an ode to the rules that horror created for itself (that Wes Craven helped pioneer).
There is a lot I could say about this film personally for me. I watched this movie almost as a joke, because my impression of the movie was that it was somewhere along the lines of a Scary Movie type film, which I think it falls victim to in the current generation of horror fans (it’s taking some real convincing to get my girlfriend to think the movie is legitimate enough to watch it). The movie is so self aware of all types of horror films, and it takes all the best parts of those legendary films, and challenges the viewer to not think of horror movies within those constraints. Sure, there are the cliche moments, and those need to happen to an extent in horror, but Wes Craven takes Scream and makes it both thrilling to watch, but also fun as hell. For the youngin’s who are just starting off watching horror recently, think Cabin in the Woods. Without Scream, Cabin in the Woods would not have happened. As someone who loves scary movies, I love noticing all the little homages and nuiances that Wes Craven sprinkles throughout the movie. And let’s be honest, Ghostface is a legendary horror villain that people don’t take seriously enough.
I’m not going to try and sell you anymore on this movie. If you don’t watch it, it’s you losing out, not me.
Editorial written by: Tyler Osborne