Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Postmodernism Lecture 3: Scream (1996)

The third film I have watched for Postmodernism is 1996 film Scream.

Scream is about a serial killer named Ghostface who is attacking teens and his next target is Sidney. This event reminds her of the murder of her mother which really effects her judgement thinking one of her friends could be the killer.
This movie uses a lot of horror movie references with the killer mysteriously appearing out of nowhere and taunting the victims to having the virgin lives in the end. I really like this movie and I could also see why this is considered Postmodernism because to me it feels like a parody/tribute to old horror films. A great example of Postmodernism would be Ghostface himself, for being a serial killer who is very clumsy and likes to taunt his victims, actual horror serial killers are actually quite silent and very careful on how they move. Yet Ghostface is able to get the job done and the teens actually defends themselves instead of acting foolish most of the time. Plus most of the people watch horror films to find some tips on how to stay alive from Ghostface.
Another example would be the ending where Sidney dressed up as Ghostface and uses his image to scare the actual killers, in old horror movies the female protagonist would never do that they would just run away screaming and end up lucky killing the killer.

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