by Richie Suttles – @PumpkinHarvest
“It was 14 years ago today that SCREAM was released into theaters. I knew nothing about the film other than from what I had seen from the trailer and that Wes Craven was involved. Being a Wes Craven fan I knew I wanted to see this movie. Little did I know after walking into that little theater that day would I become such a huge fan of this slasher film. For me it was a game changer, not just for the horror genre but for me as a horror fan.
This was my first horror film that I got to see in the theaters. At the age of 17 I shouldn’t have been able to go in but thanks to the owner of this small theater who knew me well I was allowed in. This definitely wasn’t my first experience watching a horror film. At the young age of 6 I was exposed to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre with my Mom. I later got into Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th but it was those Wes Craven films that attracted me to horror. Sure they scared the crap out of me but I loved it. I wasn’t sure what to expect with SCREAM but I knew I wanted to see what it had to offer.
It was in that almost 2 hours of film that I was blown away. It all started with the opening scene of Drew Barrymore getting killed that brought about total shock. When I seen her name attached to it I figured she was going to live. Boy I was wrong! What a shock to find out they killed a major actress in the first 10 minutes of film. I knew from that point I was in for something different. Then I was taken into the world of these kids that seemed to be just like my friends and I at high school. Just the average kids hanging out talking about the happenings of the day and of course talking horror films when the chance arose. I thought finally a film that has a cast I can relate to. The story in SCREAM just roped you in and made you care about these characters. You cared about who was going to live and who was going to die. Then there was the mystery of finding out who was behind the mask. I knew Billy had to be one of the killers but Stu was the surprise for me. Two killers working together as Ghostface was a very cool concept to me. When I first seen Ghostface besides the shock of how he first appeared I thought what a cool mask and costume. Knowing that you could actually buy the mask and costume made it that much cooler. At this time I actually owned that mask before the film came out. It was just another reason I could relate to this film. It was this combination of things that made this movie different but yet all the more reason why I loved it.
I went on to see SCREAM two more times while it was still in theaters. Then of course when it came out on VHS I got that as well. SCREAM became embedded in my mind. Through the years I went on to watch SCREAM 2 and SCREAM 3 multiple times in the theater. I also started my own collection of SCREAM memorabilia through the years. Now today after 11 years after SCREAM 3 I eagerly await for SCREAM 4. As I do I think back to my first experience with SCREAM. It’s a film that I’ll always have fond memories of as it increased my love for horror and Wes Craven films. Plus because of SCREAM I’ve made some great friends along the way. There is many people out there who share the same love for the film as I do. Being active in the SCREAM community is one of the highlights of my years of being a SCREAM fan. I wouldn’t change it for nothing.
There have been many ups and downs in my life. Many things have come and gone but one thing has always remained constant. SCREAM. I don’t see that changing at all.