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Steven West

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325277

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325277.001.0001

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Scream and Scream Again: The Legacy of Scream

Scream and Scream Again: The Legacy of Scream

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(p.119) 7 Scream and Scream Again: The Legacy of Scream
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Scream
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Steven West

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325277.003.0008

This chapter recounts the release of Scream 2 in American theatres less than a year after the counter-programming Christmas unleashing of Wes Craven's Scream. It discusses how Scream 2 took the self-reflexivity to the logical next level by commentating on the first film's success. It also analyses Craven's parody for his own Scream prologue that amounts to a renowned, proficient horror filmmaker masquerading as a trashy one for the purpose of a gag. The chapter illustrates the scenes from the film Stab that represents a typical 'bad' horror film, with crude shock effects, gratuitous shower scenes, hammy acting, and character behaviour that would have prompted derision from the real Scream audience had it been the first film's opening scene instead.

Keywords:   Wes Craven, Scream, Scream 2, horror filmmaker, shock effects, shower scenes, hammy acting

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