Halloween Binge: Scream

The big bad.

It’s Halloween which means it’s time for my self-inflicted yearly torture. Every October I pick a horror franchise, watch every instalment and go slowly insane as they inevitably descend into depths that the most depraved mind could only dream of. Yes, I am talking about Hellraiser IX: Revelations. In the past, I’ve subjected myself to the entirety of Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Saw and the already mentioned Hellraiser. However, I’m not necessarily recommending you read them. My old writing is fucking atrocious.

It is 2020, though, and if there is a year where I deserve to do something nice for myself, it’s this one. So, rather than putting myself through another ten plus films, I am working on easy mode, as we dive into the self-referential world of Scream. Four films? All of them directed by Wes Craven? This can only be a delight. 

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Before I Wake (2016)

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Creepy butterflies, not moths, butterflies…

Sleep is a frequent collaborator with horror. From the long nights of Paranormal Activity to the boogeyman under the bed. The dark of the night when you are curled up in bed is often the moment when the spooks decide to play. Should you try to stay awake? Or would you rather not see what is coming?

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Unfriended

Traditional horror is basically a morality tale.  Anyone who has seen the Scream films will be aware that the easiest way to survive a horror film, is to make sure you stay as far away from sex as possible.  However, in 2015 that idea doesn’t really work anymore.  Times are changing and horror movies need to catch up.  Enter Unfriended, a horror movie for the internet generation.

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