Big bang

Yesterday, I was reading a very inspiring article by John Coggin, a media/culture/pop analyzer and a passionate Scream fan. It starts with the Dimension logo, the quote "We´re going to play a little game…" and a question: where were you the first time that you´ve saw that for the first time?

I do remember. It was 14 years ago, and I still didn´t stopped talking about it – as you can understand just by being here. Personally, it affected me so much that as a result of it, nowadays I make my living via a craft (read webdesign) that I´ve acquired back then, when I created a small brazilian website about it.

It was my first website.

According to Coggin, the movie didn´t changed only my life, but an era of moviegoers and the movies itself.

In the film Craven and Williamson created together, they accomplished the holy grail of filmmaking: Encapsulating an entire era of Hollywood — and maybe even an entire generation of moviegoers — in a single, 2-hour pulp masterpiece that redefined the rules of horror by shining a cultural floodlight on their very (cliched) existence.

Chockfull of actors in their mid to late 20s playing high school students that talked like they were in their mid to late twenties, Scream officially marked the end of the Post-Ironic 80s and the birth of the self-referential irony that characterized — and soothed — Generation Y’s transition into the millenium.

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With his first screenplay to hit the big screen, Williamson introduced teenagers to a sexy new concept called Vocabulary.

Of course, it wasn’t until Williamson began making Dawson’s Creek for the WB in 1998 that we were shown the full extent of the sophistication with which we — as American teenagers — were now assumed to speak if we were to be taken seriously by our parents.

Without Dawson’s Creek, the Lauren Graham fans would have no Gilmore Girls.

Without Cruel Intentions, which owes a significant debt to both Clueless and Scream for jointly launching the new era of teen cinema, we wouldn’t be adequately versed in the goings-on of Manhattan’s Upper East Side to even begin to take Gossip Girl seriously (something I know many of you still don’t believe I should do).

Hey, even a show like Grey’s Anatomy, with all its “dark and twisty” characters spewing self-psychoanalysis at a rate that even Freud would call unhealthy, owes something to the original Scream.

Read the entire article here, think and tell us: which other things wouldn´t be out there if Scream didn´t existed. 

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