25 Years and 5 Movies Later, Here’s How the ‘Scream’ Franchise Came to Be

25 Years and 5 Movies Later, Here’s How the ‘Scream’ Franchise Came to Be
Do you like scary movies? That line at the start of “Scream” (1996) had instant meta connotations, coming as it did in a movie directed by horror master Wes Craven, who all but invented the modern scary movie. So what better director to mock the very genre he helped usher in? Craven was the mastermind behind hit films like “The Last House on the Left” (1972) and “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977), before embarking on one of the most creative slasher franchises of all-time, “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984).

Twelve years later, Craven did the unthinkable and made a referential teen thriller sprinkled with references to horror movie “rules,” the modern-day media circus surrounding all things morbid, and subverted casting expectations. Plus, “Scream” crafted a new era of the final girl with Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). The Ghostface Killer may have many identities across the four installments, with a fifth on the horizon for a January 2022 release,
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