Solid post. I'd probably watch the fourth film for nostalgia factor, though i'd have no clue how all of them would stack up with me today after seing so many awesome horror movies after it. I was super young when I saw the original, and it more or less started the whole "whodunit" trend that was beaten to the ground. It was still wildly unique for a mainstream horror flick, especially at a time when the golden age of the 70's/80's had died down and we were left with shovelware and movies that evoke little more than cheap thrills. This actually had an interesting concept in making the killers fans of oldschool horror movies and knowing avoiding all the cliches. Felt like it had that sense of realism since the killers could've been absolutely anyone. No Superpowers, no Monsters just everyday blokes and that made it that much more disturbing in a way. I remember there being concern about the movie spawning copycat killers, thankfully that didn't happen but it easily could've. The ending swerve was pretty awesome even if I had that halfway figured out before it happened.
Heard that part 4 was very graphic compared to the other films. Doesn't surprise me, it's just a sign o' the times in pop culture where making people sick substitutes subtly frightning atmospheric/psychological horro movies. Sometimes you can have a bit of both and make it work.
I still consider it rather genre busting to this day. Wes Craven was into some of his flicks pressing in between reality & movies so not only did he accomplish that with the final Freddy Kruger movie - New Nightmare
- but along the same lines, only varies with the slasher style in Scream
. To me, what you stated about the realism/unpredictability along with the movie being an homage or even periodic timepiece on slasher/horror flicks is what makes me fall in love with 'em. There is humor mixed in throughout. Giving the movie a non-serious vibe throughout to easy into things. Almost not to make it feel cheesy when it in fact was kind of meant to be once poking fun at the entire sub-genre on the whole. Randy being the central character in all of this. The uber-fan who knew ever in and out from watching all of the previous slasher films prior. Once it began happening in real life - he was able to feed the characters with the proper amount of knowledge. That's what is so cool about all of it. It's almost like this big "blows it a kiss" towards the list of classic or cult classic slasher/horror flicks seen from the 70's & 80's. A love affair, really. Maybe not IN the story of the movie, but the point behind the movie in general. Ghostface's gimmick was spawned from the start as being a Horror buff. "What's your favorite scary movie?"
Boom. Right there. From that point on it became linked forever. As the franchise would grow this element of "what if people watched these movies & acted on it themselves" came to life (on screen)
Having that layering effect to add along with the central stories involving the characters of these movies. Part III encompasses this to a tee. Of course that one became the ultimate mirror effect and became a movie about movies that was filming a movie about this movie. (HOLY SHIT right?)
From then on out we've seen multiple films go the route Wes Craven seemed to branch off here. Regardless if one wants to be mad or thank him for that, well that's one person's opinion. I know I'm happy he gave us something different at the time & can stand up till this day.
Part Four was the most violent I'd say. Def on a visual level. That's modern day style. I wasn't surprised. About five minutes in you knew that was going to be the case. All good with me. A little bit more blood didn't put a damper on me. We always pays to see attractive young dames get sliced and diced when we watch slasher films.
I could have sworn there has been copycats who killed wearing Ghostface's mask in real life. Maybe it was more of a local thing and didn't go on for long. About 50% sure atm. Happened in the 90's of course. So I was VERY young.