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From Woodsboro to Lakewood: Revisiting the 'Scream' franchise

Today is the big day! We should finally learn who’s been tormenting Emma and her friends in Lakewood. It seems only fitting to revisit the four franchise films that preceded the serial reimagining. Sadly, we must also acknowledge Wes Craven’s passing. Without question, he was the maestro of smart, sly slashers. You might even say he wrote the rules on them. Okay, technically, Kevin Williamson wrote the rules, but no one would argue that Craven has inspired some of the best screams and nightmares among genre fans. His legacy will live on in the movies he made and the current and future filmmakers he inspired.

To this day, Scream remains one of my all-time favorite horror movies. If you’ve never seen it, head to Netflix tout de suite—especially if your only knowledge of the franchise stems from watching the TV show.

The movie follows Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) in Woodsboro, California, one year after her mother was brutally raped and murdered. Two of Sid’s classmates have been killed, and she’s being terrorized by a masked murderer dubbed Ghostface. With the help of reporter Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox), Deputy Dewey (David Arquette), and her horror-movie-loving friends, Sidney hopes to do what her mom couldn’t: survive.


Drew ScreamsWhen Scream stabbed its way into theaters in 1996, it reignited horror after its unfortunate, slow bleed-out following a slew of substandard straight-to-VHS movies and sequels. The genre-bending flick dared to kill off its most famous actress in the opening sequence; fleshed out the cast with established actors rather than nubile nobodies; pushed the gore quotient as far as the studio allowed; fronted the story with a shrewd, gutsy heroine who fought back hard; AND satirized itself with humor within the horror. In fact, Randy Meeks’ witty, self-referential rules and the unpredictable, twisty finale are perfect examples of why the blend of laughs and gasps is often cited as the reason why Scream became an instant classic that killed at the box office.


Scream 2Considering the initial death of horror happened at the hands of bad sequels, it couldn’t go unnoted that the film lauded for breathing life back into the genre was now choosing to face its own demise. Fortunately for fans, it was just as audacious in tackling sequel expectations and turning them on their ear as the original was in deconstructing horror tropes. With Stab, its meta-movie-within-a-movie, Scream 2 was able to lodge its tongue even more firmly in cheek, while still surprising fans who thought they’d learned all the rules and could now anticipate the curve of the blade. (RIP, Randy.)


Scream 3It was the third in the thrillogy that nearly killed horror, as Craven was so upset with studio constraints that he considered quitting the genre. It was also the first film in the franchise that Williamson didn’t write. While he’d turned in an outline for the final film, other commitments kept him from completing the script. When Ehren Kruger took over, he scrapped the majority of Williamson’s ideas. Strangely, the strongest thing he wrote foretold Courtney Cox and David Arquette’s divorce. Additionally, studio heads were pushing Craven to up the humor and eliminate the horror, as Columbine had just happened. To avoid any finger-pointing at film, they actually dictated that he show zero blood and violence on screen. He managed to have them lift that edict, but the movie suffered from a multitude of grievous choices … the greatest being Gale Weathers’ bangs.


Scream 4Ten years later, Williamson and Craven attempt to reboot the franchise with a mix of original cast members and hot new stars. The film went back to its bloody, self-jabbing roots with a blistering social commentary on Internet fame. Despite the modern update, and being grossly better than No. 3, critics weren’t scared or surprised anymore, and deemed the franchise dead. But just ask Sidney, and she’ll say, “They always come back.” Consider Craven’s passing and our remake-happy world, it’s only a matter of time before Scream returns to the silver screen, regardless of what happens with the TV series. To that, I quote Sidney once more: “Don’t f–k with the original!”

 Scream airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on MTV.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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