It’s been 25 years since Wes Craven’s Scream slashed its way through our screens and into the cultural zeitgeist. Since then, there’s been three more movies (with another in the making set to be released in 2022), numerous spoofs and knock offs, and even a panned Netflix TV show. After all these years, Scream has been able to stay relevant thanks to satirical commentary on the horror whodunit genre, successful character building and the gore filled murders of course.
The Scream franchise might seem a touch dated, with verging on ridiculous plot lines (we’re looking at you, Scream 4) but the original film brought back a dying genre from the dead, taking slasher horror from the pits of campy acting and ridiculous CGI into critical acclaim, all whilst being extremely self aware and meta about reclaiming the classic serial killer trope. Not to mention that the films weren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves…
Scream is the perfect film to curl up on the sofa whilst eating copious amounts of popcorn that you said you’d “share” with your friends, laughing at poor Drew Barrymore being slaughtered five minutes in. Someone will inevitably impersonate Ghostface and, if you’re watching with me, be thirsting over Stu (we stan Matthew Willard in this household). It’s the type of film that never gets old to watch, especially if you are a horror buff like myself.
That’s why, for its 25th Anniversary, I wanted to honour this classic scary movie with an homage to its effortless 90s fashion, as well as interrogating the Victim vs Villain dynamic that Scream delivers so well. With five looks playing with gender roles within horror films, explore what it’s like to star in a cult classic film all whilst serving face.