How 90s Teen Screamfests Brought Self-Aware Horror Into the Mainstream

How 90s Teen Screamfests Brought Self-Aware Horror Into the Mainstream

Among all the traditions horror broke and reinvented during the 1990s, perhaps none proved more impactful than a surge in self-referential “meta” horror. Films like Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Urban Legend gleefully dismantled genre tropes, commenting knowingly on clichés even as they deployed them for maximum scare factor. These slick, mainstream teen screamfests brought a bold new era of horror satire to multiplexes and sparked a lucrative subgenre. While horror … Read The Full Article

How Scream Saved Slasher Cinema by Savagely Satirizing Its Tropes

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Among all the slick, sarcastic teen screamfests of late 90s horror, Wes Craven’s smash-hit Scream stands apart as the most incisively influential. Released in 1996, Scream playfully skewered and celebrated the slasher genre’s derivative clichés and tired tropes even as it expertly weaponized them in classic Craven fashion. The script’s satirical brilliance merged with masterful direction to produce an instant pop culture phenomenon that both mocked and honored horror’s past, present and future. After exhausting … Read The Full Article

Horror in Transition: Examining the Genre’s Paradigm Shifts in the 1990s

Horror in Transition: Examining the Genre's Paradigm Shifts in the 1990s

As a lifelong horror devotee, the 1990s hold a special place for me as a transitional decade that radically reshaped genre conventions on the brink of a new millennium. Following the lucrative slasher boom of the 1980s, the 90s saw seismic shifts in studio priorities, cultural tastes, and what mainstream audiences considered frightening. By revisiting horror’s uncertain status in that era, we gain deeper insight into the evolutionary forces that breached new creative territory. The … Read The Full Article