Scream Series Premiere Review: Where's the Killer Instinct?

Scream S01E01: "Pilot"


The biggest question surrounding MTV's adaptation of Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven's mega successful Scream franchise was how to turn a 111-minute film into an on-going television series without losing the suspense and drama that is naturally created as a byproduct of the film's condensed running time and the constant threat that anyone could die at any time. And the answer, unfortunately, is that you can't. 

Bella Thorne's mean girl Nina and her hardly-a-character boyfriend were the only people to die in the show's premiere, despite several fake-outs throughout, and so by the end of the hour, the sense of suspense that permeated the original film was all but dampened in the small-screen adaptation. That isn't to say Scream the TV series isn't possibly worth checking out—especially for MTV's target demographic a.k.a. teenagers who weren't even born or were very young when the original film was released (I'll wait while you mourn your own fleeting mortality)—but if you were hoping for an adrenaline-fueled hour involving the blood-soaked streets of small town America, you were probably disappointed by what you saw in the series premiere.

At its core, Scream was another series about attractive high school kids doing high school things, with the somewhat ominous threat of death sort of hanging over their heads. When you break it down that way, it's like so many other teen shows that have come before it, including the network's own Teen Wolf, only with fewer hunky dudes in towels, zero threats of the supernatural variety, and 100 percent less Dylan O'Brien. The series was even populated with familiar characters; There was the bitchy queen bee (R.I.P.), the mysterious new kid who just moved to town, and the artsy outsider who's struggling with her sexuality. There was also the good girl with the dumb boyfriend, his even dumber sidekick, the smart nerd, and the girl who was having sex with her English teacher (a trope I thought we all agreed to leave in the past after Pretty Little Liars and 90210 because there's nothing sexy about statutory rape). 

The point is, MTV's version of Scream is hardly new territory, and not just because it's an adaptation of a movie that was responsible for reinvigorating an aging genre by embracing common tropes and playing on our expectations of horror films from the '70s and '80s. Even the existence of a serial killer was hardly noteworthy here in the wake of shows like Dexter, Hannibal, and Williamson's own TV series The Following. But yet, it's also the familiarity that makes Scream almost worth checking out.

Much like the slasher flick from which it was developed, Scream took great pleasure in its ability to go meta and cleverly insert humor into its whodunit mystery to play with viewers' expectations. It did so in a number of ways, including developing a core cast of characters in the image of the film's original stars and then foiling whatever assumptions we had for them based on the fates of those same characters. Willa Fitzgerald starred as Emma, the seemingly sweet and innocent stand-in for Neve Campbell's Sidney, only she might not be as innocent as she appeared at first glance. Carlson Young's spoiled and rich Brooke channeled Rose McGowan's slutty, popular Tatum and almost suffered Tatum's same fate during a particularly tense visit to a garage in the premiere that had me frantically searching for a cat flap. Meanwhile Connor Weil's Will filled the shoes of Skeet Ulrich's Billy, right down to some shady business with Tom Maden's Jake, his best friend who effectively filled in for the Matthew Lillard character. 

Rounding out the cast were Bex Taylor-Klaus as Audrey, an outsider who was the victim of cyber-bullying; John Karna as Noah, a fellow outsider who had a self-proclaimed serial killer fetish; Amadeus Serafini as Kiernan, the mysterious new guy who conveniently arrived in town right as the murders began; Tracy Middendorf as Emma's mother Maggie, who was harboring a deep secret that was tied to the town's original serial killer Brandon James; and Jason Wiles as Sheriff Hudson, who was also Kiernan's father.

Actively toying with characters but not allowing them to suffer the same fates as their big-screen counterparts was only one way the series attempted to challenge viewers' preconceived notions, though. The series also took great pleasure in pointing out its inherent problems via Noah, the show's meta mouthpiece and its version of the Jamie Kennedy character in the film, and why they weren't really problematic. It sort of worked, but Noah's meta riffing also came off like the series was trying too hard to be clever. 

To bring this review full circle, Noah laid out the biggest challenge facing the series for another classmate and therefore the audience—how do you stretch the suspense of a horror film that clocks in under two hours into 10 episodes of television?—and his answer was that they (we) needed to forget it's a horror story at all and stop worrying about the fact someone could die at every turn. To which I say: Won't that just strip away what supposedly makes Scream different from every other TV series about oversexed teenagers making bad decisions?

To his credit, Noah would not be denied, as he also made a case for his argument. As he explained, "You have to care if the smokin' hot lit teacher seems a little too interested in his female students. You have to care if the team wins the big game. You have to care if the smart, pretty girl forgives the dumb jock... You root for them. You love them. So when they are brutally murdered, it hurts." Now, I shouldn't complain about a series doing my job for me, but hey, that's my line, bro! If this experiment is going to work in the long run, viewers do need to care about these characters beyond what little introduction we got in the series premiere. Killing off the bitchy mean girl to kick things off made sense—it only took five seconds to realize she was pretty awful and the series was better off without her one-dimensional attitude—but the rest of the characters need time to develop.

It's somewhat of a relief knowing that the series is aware of the potential problems that exist in adapting a limited concept like a horror film for TV and that the writers weren't just blindly slashing pretty chicks in bikinis who were dumb enough to wander off into the night all alone. But then again, knowing and verbalizing that you know the problems exist is only half the battle. It's what the series plans to do to combat those problems that will determine whether or not it can be a successful TV series. 



HERE AHHHHH! SOME NOTES


– The original Ghostface mask haunts me nearly 20 years after the film's original release. If I see a replica of it during Halloween, a shiver still runs up my spine and I am overcome with the urge to punch whoever's wearing it in the face for being so rude to me. The new mask is pretty creepy in its own right, but I'm not sure it holds up to the original.

– The scariest thing about the premiere was actually how fast Nina could type. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?

– The series name-dropped HannibalThe Walking DeadAmerican Horror StoryBates MotelHalloween, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I don't care what world this show exists in, that shit felt weird.

– Are you upset the series isn't set in the same town as the film and therefore not connected to the original killing sprees of the franchise?

– Do you even care about the connection to Emma's mom?

– Will you watch Episode 2?

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Jul 09, 2015
Loved it.
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Jul 08, 2015
This is my first foray into MTV's original programming. I know it's gotten better and some shows would actually qualify as good. I figured Faking It would have popped my MTV cherry, but I hadn't quite reconciled the fact that by and large, much of what's on MTV is ruining society. So, here we are.

"...how to turn a 111-minute film into an on-going television series"

For me, this is what made the original films so entertaining. It was the first time I remember a series or movie being so self aware.

I don't know if this is going to be a running gag, but the specific mention that this genre CAN'T work as a weekly show made me smile.

"MTV's target demographic a.k.a. teenagers who weren't even born or were very young when the original film was released (I'll wait while you mourn your own fleeting mortality)"

It wasn't until they mentioned in the show that the original attacks happened 20 years ago that my heart sank a little. Though it did further my theory that young punk kids these days don't know squat.

"...the girl who was having sex with her English teacher (a trope I thought we all agreed to leave in the past after Pretty Little Liars and 90210 because there's nothing sexy about statutory rape)"

I'm just waiting for the inevitable "romantic suicide"...cause...you know.

"Even the existence of a serial killer was hardly noteworthy here in the wake of shows like Dexter, Hannibal, and Williamson's own TV series The Following."

Wait, what? Scream and The Following have the same pedigree? That's just wrong!

"You have to care if the smokin' hot lit teacher seems a little too interested in his female students. You have to care if the team wins the big game. You have to care if the smart, pretty girl forgives the dumb jock... You root for them. You love them. So when they are brutally murdered, it hurts."

Oh, you mean like Friday Night Lights? Zing!

"The scariest thing about the premiere was actually how fast Nina could type. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?"

Further to my point about young punk kids.
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Jul 06, 2015
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Jul 05, 2015
The pilot was decent. Scream the movie series ran out of steam in the 3rd movie..IMO.. Scream 4 tried hard.but "meh"...This pilot is setting up the series nicely..asking the question..If everybody is "Mean Girl" then nobody is really safe..

Grade for this episode= B-.. Nothing new but I thought it was well presented
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Jul 03, 2015
My favourite scene from the whole series is probably in Scream 2 where Sydney and her friend are in a car crash with the killer. They have to quietly pull back the police car's metal barrier, climb over Ghostface who is mostly unconscious and carefully squeeze out the car window. Sydney even tries and fails to unmask the killer during the escape. That was tension. The garage scene in this pilot doesn't even compare, in my opinion.
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Jul 03, 2015
Whoooops - I dropped it!
No more for me!
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Jul 02, 2015
"MTV's target demographic a.k.a. teenagers who weren't even born or were very young when the original film was released (I'll wait while you mourn your own fleeting mortality)"
1-F**k U!
2-Ahahahah !
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Jul 02, 2015
Learned 2 things:
1. Apparently I must be a slow texter, like WTF was that?
2. Almost 10 minutes of a half naked 17 year old on screen, all phedofiles must be in heaven.
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Jul 03, 2015
Ephebophiles?
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Jul 04, 2015
Yeah, I bet alot of men or women for that matter over 40 enjoyed that 17yr old girl walking around in her underwear/bikini.
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Jul 02, 2015
In the new Golden Era of Television, a new show needs to be spectacular, not simply good or watchable (Thomas 'sticking around' review seems to suggest you should watch it 'in case you don't have anything better to do with your life'). There are too many good shows to be wasting your time with a meta series which asks the question: how to adapt a movie to a tv show; when the real question is: how can you rely on nostalgia for a show made for teenagers. Millennialls haven't seen 20 years of slasher and horror like generation x, they've only seem a handful of mediocre remakes. That's what the show should be about, how teenagers are now cursed to repeat the last generation's pop culture... to me that's quite horrific!
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Jul 02, 2015
"The scariest thing about the premiere was actually how fast Nina could type. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?"

Dito. Like she had a secret superpower or something.

One thing that bugs me, though: Where there should be the token black guy, there's just a gaping hole. I've gotten so used to the token black guy that that I kept thinking, "Something's missing, something's missing ...".
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I feel like Noah was one of the only characters I will stay interested in. It's been done before, and we can keep complaining that "this won't work", but it worked enough for it to be picked up, I understand how crazy that is, but I don't see it getting dropped any time soon. I loved the film franchise of Scream, this doesn't disappoint for tv, because there has to be something grabbing you to stay interested - those saying they won't be watching episode two - if you sat through the first, it's likely you'll stay til the end. You're either overly skeptical, or just looking for a reason to hate it. It had BAD moments, but there are some characters that bring it to life more than others, and that's why I will keep watching.
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Jul 02, 2015
Wow kind of shocked you weren't over the moon like I was reviewer. I thought the pilot was razor sharp, gave us some blood at the beginning, and then set out to do what later the nerdy film buff would plainly spell out...they let us get to know our pool of possible victims.

Some were more enjoyable than others, but all of them seemed fairly real (with the exception of their texting speed...WTF?!) I also enjoy the little backstory, and my god am I the only one that finds the song "Daisy" to be the creepiest thing ever? Gives me 2001 flashbacks. Also, despite what the reviewer said I was never really in love with "Ghostface's outfit" in the Scream movies. However, I really like how they gave this mask meaning and the outfit as a whole looks less like a dress so that's win win there.

Not everything was so hot. I really did not like the moments where the killer started calling Emma. Felt a little to forced. Also, I'm really not comfortable with these "teen" shows that show relationships between teachers and students. They always try to turn down the creep factor by making the teacher look fresh out of college, but it's creepy and wrong. I know it happens, but can we please not have everyone in the cast be okay with it? That's pretty much my Scream thoughts. I'll definitely be back for episode two.
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Jul 02, 2015
I'll stick it out for the first season, MTV has proven itself worthy of at least that much.
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Jul 02, 2015
Scream had me when Nina try to call 911 but fucking Siri called Pottery Barn instead.The dialogue was also surprisingly good. "Are you supposed to like your friends in high school?" is perhaps the realest thing ever said on TV.
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Jul 02, 2015
So, as this was so close to the movie, um, I feel like I know who did it. But I found myself missing some of the movie stuff, like, the biggest, where was Noah and the rules? I thought for sure we were heading there and then he passed out . I guess maybe I will appreciate knowing more about the previous serial killer which, honestly, I never super paid attention to Sydney's plight at the beginning of the movie. I did hold my breath in the car garage though.
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Jul 02, 2015
The problem, as review pointed out, is that format simply doesn't work. With shows that they name dropped it works because they have their own format, their own pace to tell the story. But this series looks like they want to take slasher format and stretch it into entire season.

When you look at it you can see how it follwos the slasher pace (or formula),, specifically Scream. You have your eye-candy-dies-within-minutes, then her friends talkign about her death, some character introduction, some town history all leading to climax of a killer party.

By the look of it show intends to fill extra time with character development. which isn't bad thing by itself but slasher tends to keep the tension up by kiling off characters. Show can't or they'd run out of cast in couple of eps. And throwing out fake scares (yes, we all got the garage refenrence :) ) gets old quickly

My guess is we'll see one death per ep and at least in the beginning they will be obscure and minor characters. Like random basketball guy, random couple making out...... until we get to the core group.

as for being meta, Scream managed to poke fn at itself because it was able to be tongue-in-cheek parody and a slasher at same time. It was able to take a cliche, laugh at it and still follow it. Because cliches were so well established by then everybody knew them. But where are such cliches for show? there aren't any simply because this genre doesn't exist. The clsoest thing to what this show tries to pull off was Harper's Island and that was a single show, hardly a genre.

I'll give it a chance and watch couple of eps. Depending on gore, deaths and eye candy I'll decide what to do with it.
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Jul 02, 2015
I think this would almost have to play as an anthology if it lasts more than one season but still averages about one kill per episode, because otherwise it turns into a federal manhunt with police and FBI swarming the town to hunt down whoever is doing so much killing. It did seem like the show tried to poke fun at itself a few times, but never really stuck with it enough to make it worth the effort, but hey, here's hoping they make it work better as the series goes on.
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Jul 02, 2015
WTF?! The character portrayed by Bella Thorne dies in the first episode?! WHAT THE FUCK
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Jul 02, 2015
I am going to watch this series as long as Bella Thorne keeps acting in them.
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Jul 01, 2015
I never liked these type of stories, not sure if i'm going to be watching or not, but MTV sure knows what they are doing, regarding their target audience. Cool that the picked up Bex Taylor-Klaus.
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Jul 01, 2015
It wasn't bad, but neither was spectacular - as promos were promising. Yes, diverting from the original story felt kind of weird, but then again it's a TV show. It can't pick up every detail from the movie franchise.

It didn't win me, but it kept me interested. I'm coming back for the next episode - out of curiosity.
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Jul 01, 2015
Who has Pottery Barn in their contacts?
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Jul 01, 2015
'Save me Pottery Barn!'
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Jul 01, 2015
I grew watching scream since I was 7yrs old( yes I watched horrors movies as a kid. Never bothered me), and to be honest, this was horrible. They were better off concluding the franchise with the 2 part movie as they originally planned. Would've been all for it. But this will honestly kill the series in my opinion. The acting in this was horrible, everything was too predictable. If you're going to redefine a series, may want to take notes from shoes like, GoT or walking dead. I'm not saying it has to have zombies or dragons, but when someone dies or Is betrayed, or even a plot twist, you almost never see it coming.
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Jul 01, 2015

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Jul 01, 2015
1 and done. Just kind of made me mad we have to wait for October for second half of ''Finding Carter'. It promised to be something different but it wasn't at all. Especially for a Pilot episode that is supposed to pull you in and make you want to see more, it just failed in any way to make me at all interested in returning. At the end it was more like, Is that all we got?

The one good thing about it is that Willa Fitzgerald doing this garbage got her off of 'Royal Pains' (which airs at the same time) which has made 'Royal Pains' so much better because and I don't want to sound mean but she is kind of an unremarkable young actress who doesn't really belong as a lead on a prime time show. Compare her to Eliza Clarke (The '100') or Adelaide Kane ('Reign') or Kathryn Prescott ('Finding Carter') or Eden Sher ('The Middle) hec compare her to a young Nev Campbell- those young women are (were in Campbell's case) lead material. She is just so incredibly average. You have to have something special to be a compelling lead. I can only assume the bad Pilot script wasn't attracting much great talent. Despite Willa Fitzgerald as the lead I stuck around throughout and it was just nothing even remotely special. It was as if it was proud being something that you've seen a million times before and that doesn't make it special it just makes it boring.
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Jul 01, 2015

No way am I watching episode 2.
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Jul 03, 2015
D-I-T-T-O!!!!
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Jul 01, 2015
Ditto.
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Jul 01, 2015
This was bad..And I say that as someone who watches Tyrant..
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Jul 01, 2015
I really enjoyed it, much better than i thought it would be, it's not gonna be this groundbreaking show where people talk about it and call it the best show ever (GoT, BrBa shows like that) but it was very entertaining and watchable

Yes, it's full of cliches, whether it's the teen cliches or the horror cliches but does it matter? it's fun

I do agree that nobody in the world could type that fast - but that's TV for you

The acting is below average, but again, i reiterate, it's a teen show, these shows rarely have great acting, especially on MTV

I already love the Randy-esque character

It's always gonna be compared to the movies, which i LOVE so much, but i am gonna be a lot more open minded due to the fact that i love slasher flicks, and that sub-genre of the horror genre is pretty much dead - it's all ghosts and spirits and vampires these days - there's nothing better than a good whodunit slasher flick - Harper's Island was great yet not very well received by critics, and so Scream can be berated by the critics and i'd still watch it religiously

The 'This Season on Scream' promo looked so interesting too

I do understand how someone can hate the show, or not even give it a try in case it taints the Scream Franchise, but it's another 'escapism' show that isn't to be taken seriously
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Jul 01, 2015
I actually enjoyed this episode a lot. I love how self aware this show is and all the little hints and clues it leaves as to who the killer might be. I also liked the back story on the serial killer and how the town has one because of course it's a small town. Also, i enjoyed the dynamic between Emma and the new guy, her relationship with Audrey , the voice they used for the killer like that made me smile . Of course there were a lot of homages to the original and despite the fact that it will never be as good i don't think that it should be. It's campy and absurd but that's what slasher movies were/are [kinda cause there aren't a lot nowadays] . Not to mention that Scream was campy and absurd and yes it shouldn't be Scream but the the nods to it don't hurt .
Having said all that i do miss the original mask,yes this one is creepy in its own right but the Ghostface one was iconic, scary, creepy and awesome ! It still haunts people to this day,
The show doesn't need to kill characters every week because yes we have to care about them it's not a movie but i do hope they reveal the killer when the show ends and if gets a second season it focuses on something different.
As for who the killer might be/is they dropped a lot of hints and clues and i think you're supposed to think it's someone related to the killer but i'm not sure about that just yet. Of course there is i more than one killer and i do believe no one is completely innocent in the grand scheme of things. Her boyfriend seems sketchy but i think that it will turn out he is just a douche-i doubt Noah [i love him but still] and Brooke [i don't know why i just think it would be brilliant if it was her] and also, i think there might be not only 2 killers but two separate teams of killers. Just a thought, but i can't wait to find out.
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Jul 01, 2015
"Carlson Young's spoiled and rich Brooke channeled Rose McGowan's slutty, popular Tatum and almost suffered Tatum's same fate during a particularly tense visit to a garage in the premiere that had me frantically searching for a cat flap"- Hahaha me too..
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Jul 01, 2015
I wish i could say this was great but unfortunately this was a disappointment and the reason isn't concept it's actors there are all bad actors . They just tried too hard for this series and overplayed some of the characters. This had so much potential but to make this dumbed down for MTV generation is sad.

It's saying something if movies were better than tv series - think about that these movies weren't great to start with if a tv series can make these movies look better that's going in the wrong direction
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Jul 01, 2015
Ehh, the original movie was pretty good, man.
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Jul 01, 2015
I'd even go as far as to say all the movies were good in their own right.. Nothing tops the first (of course) but all 4 films had things about them that I enjoyed.. The 3rd film was admittedly not that great, but I liked what they tried to do with it, with the ending essentially bringing everything round full circle.
Also, three of the main actors appeared in all four films, which is more than can be said for most horror franchises..
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Jul 01, 2015
It was good but not great i enjoy them but tv series was worse
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Jul 01, 2015
I don't know if it's because I went into this with pretty low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised with the production. Sure, some of the characters are pretty flat and stereotypical, but thats pretty much a staple of the slasher genre anyways. Looking forward to next episode and seeing where the mystery goes!
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Jul 01, 2015
I think comparing this to the movies is a mistake. There was a fairly good slasher series awhile back called Harper's Island that worked out well. It had gruesome murders and good stories. I think I will compare the TV version of Scream to that.
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Jul 01, 2015
Harper's Island immediately popped into my head when Noah said that slasher stories can't be turned into series because of the longer running time. That show proved that they can. The problem was that nobody watched it. I'll be happy if it is mentioned later in the series, especially considering that both towns in each show have similar dark histories.

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Jul 01, 2015
I never got around to watching Harper's Island, unfortunately. But I take your word for it!
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Jul 01, 2015
Harper's Island used to stream on Netflix but I just checked and it doesn't anymore. Disappointed.
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Jul 01, 2015
Harper's Island is totally worth a binge watch when you've got the time...
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Jul 01, 2015
I did not like it, but it is indeed in the genre.
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Jul 01, 2015
I've seen it about 5 times haha, i love it, definite guilty pleasure
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Jul 02, 2015
How is the series finale? Does it end good?
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Jul 01, 2015
If they really wanted to know how to convert a horror movie into a TV show, they (and people in general) should just watch Harper's Island.
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Jul 03, 2015
I loved that show, sucks that a great mini series had to end.
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Jul 01, 2015
The pilot was OK. I fully admit that I am way out of the demographic (I saw Scream 1 when I was in college) so I can forgive not readily identifying with some of the characters. However, the first girl to get killed was such an unsympathetic character that I was rooting for the killer (as opposed to Drew Barrymore's death in the original which still haunts me 20 years later.) The rest of the came off like adults writing how they think teens talk/act and it's getting old (or maybe they do talk and act like that and I'm old.) I also didn't think there was anything driving to a second ep. How are you going to have a show called SCREAM and only kill in the first 5 mins of an hour.
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Jul 01, 2015
"However, the first girl to get killed was such an unsympathetic character that I was rooting for the killer (as opposed to Drew Barrymore's death in the original which still haunts me 20 years later.)"

I completely agree. What made the first movie's opening work so well is that you cared about Crew's character. Here, they couldn't kill that bitch fast enough.
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Jul 06, 2015
That scene is iconic. Still gets me every time I watch. I always root for her, even though I know what's coming.
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Jul 01, 2015
I meant Drew.
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Jul 01, 2015
I feel like they need to introduce alot more characters to this series in order for it to be considered a slasher series, with only a couple of deaths in it's premier i felt let down by the lack of gore, It would have been much better if it was made for the original age group ie 18+ like the previous films were. They also optide out of increasing the series death count when telling the story about how the original (from her mothers generation) killer kills 5 school kids, They don't show the killings which they could have done easily in less than 2 minutes.
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Jul 01, 2015
As someone who watched the Scream as my first horror movie ever... I was not impressed with it. Scared? Yes.. I was 13. I was afraid to go to the bathroom after watching Supernatural. I think some part of the appeal comes from the cast being self-aware of common horror tropes but if you watch it as your first horror movie, those "common" tropes aren't as common.

So not having this excessive horror background the original Scream was basically a slasher movie where people who I didn't care about at all died. Though there aren't many movies that can make me care about a character. Hour and a half is not nearly enough time in less capable hands.

And on that note... The show didn't grab me either. Bex Taylor-Klaus is in it and so I'll watch a few episodes. But nothing was really great. Though nothing was really plain afwul. I'm interested to see a ten hour "slasher movie". Even if I only watch 4 hours of it...

All that being said... Silent Hill 2 (the fucking game) is the best piece of horror fiction I've experienced. Interesting story, interesting characters, fucked up lore, atmosphere so tense you literally can't see past five meters. There's something inherently frightening about running away from a massive guy with trigonometry for a face. And simply the fact that you die makes the game automatically more frightening than the likes of Scream.
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Jul 03, 2015
Silent Hill 2 was great. I usually played in the pitch black around 11pm with surround sound. Crazy spooky experience. ("Sshk-kshhshh-kshhk" --the radio.)
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Jul 01, 2015
I actually thought it was okay; I think I'm gonna like Scream Queens better, but so far so good, it's a series, you can't kill ten people off in the first episode, I actually thought there would be another murder by the end but instead I think we will get a one kill per episode series, as they said in the monologue, they want you to care about the characters so that when they die it will hurt to watch. I don't think any of these characters will be that great of a loss if they get bumped off, they are all your typical horror movie stereotypes so there isn't much depth going on with any of the characters. What caught me off guard was that they seem to be mixing the scream movie with Friday the 13th, a disfigured killer wearing a mask and killing people, that's not scream that's Jason Vorhees, another thing is the mask, I like the original mask, this new one is okay but not as good as the original, I watched a Scream marathon to get me in the mood to watch the series and by far the movies are much more superior, even the crappy 3rd one. Finally how much blood and gore will they really show on MTV, if this was HBO or Showtime I'd expect more, but these slasher killings and the demographic they are going for, maybe I'm just older but if I had a pre-teen I'm not sure if I'd want them to watch.
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Jul 01, 2015
Turned it off within 5 mins.
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Jul 01, 2015
And then stuck around to see the recap and comment about it.... you sound more committed than people who watched the whole episode.
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Jul 01, 2015
As someone who was 22 when the 1st Scream film was released I have to admit I felt my age last night watching this show. Honestly I think the show tried to be too cute. I appreciate the new Scream mask, if Wes Craven gives it his blessing it works for me, but there were too many cliched characters and references. I mean trending on "Chirpster?" Again the introductory episode will always be seen as awkward and I think that it could develop into a solid series. The mystery that surrounds the town looks to be a good starting point.
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Jul 01, 2015
He really did not though. He gave them the right to use the name...but that is the extent of his involvement. He's actually thrown the show under the bus multiple times including indicating that he thought not using the original mask was a mistake.
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Jul 01, 2015
I will watch next week only becausr my friend is already obsessed with it plus I like Noah. Jamie Kennedy was my fave from the movie and i like him, he is smart but also kinda creepy. Is it because the actor was in an episode of Law and Order SVU, one of the best ones recently, but he creeps me out. Still the best character though. The dumb jock boyfriend grow some fucking eyebrows or i will murder you myself!!!
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Jul 01, 2015
I only watched very little of it.
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Jul 01, 2015
I liked it which means everyone else will hate it or it will get cancelled in 5....4....3....
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Jul 03, 2015
Abort countdown! It'll show all episodes because it's MTV.

I enjoyed the pilot, too. It was easy to switch my mind to "teen mode" and enjoy the ride. It seems like some of the negative reviews and comments are of the "it wasn't what I wanted it to be like, so I hate it" variety. As for me, I'll let it develop into what it wants to be.
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Jul 01, 2015
What's with all these current remakes/ reboots intensely focusing on the use of technology? It's like, hey, the mobile phone wasn't around when Scream first started lets update it by putting in all the new technology (that will undoubtedly be outdated in the next decade). What made it worse was all the oddly-named in-universe examples. WTF are Cliplicious and Chirpster? And why would they make up fake social media outlets if the killer explicitly mention Facebook and Instagram at the end of the episode when he was on the phone to Emma?
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Jul 01, 2015
Considering it is set in the present - the use of technology is warranted, it is taking over our lives as we speak - hell, you're on a website bitching about technology which makes the argument redundant - different times man, stop whining

As for Clipicious/Chirpster - how old are you? clearly they are their version of YouTube and Twitter, they obviously couldn't get the rights to them or something - so they had to make their own versions up

Modern technology is a big part of our daily lives, especially people in their teens/early twenties - that part of the show was highly realistic (not the fast texting though)
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Jul 01, 2015
Excellent point about the technology upgrades. From Carrie to Prom Night and now this it seems that the sole purpose of these reboots is to add in camera phones, You Tube, Twitter, Facebook and Lap Tops. Truthfully it adds nothing and cheapens the memory of the origianl.
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Jul 01, 2015
I liked it, I was not expecting to. I'll refrain from second guessing where this show is heading and just watch it and see for myself. For a first episode it ticked all the boxes.
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Jul 01, 2015
I couldn't have said it better myself Kaitlin. Noah's line - 'So when they are brutally murdered, it hurts.' - tells us the series wants us to care about what happens to these characters. The problem is though, like you said, being aware of this doesn't mean they'll actually do a decent job at making it happen. This pilot gave us no interesting characters to work with, bar Noah, who's only interesting because he works as the meta mouth-piece that Scream in known for. And really, it seems to me, that is all we'll be left with - a self-reflexive bad horror movie split into ten drawn-out hours.
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Jul 01, 2015

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Jul 01, 2015
Aaaand now I'm going to have nightmares again.
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Jul 01, 2015
I imagine this would have been so much better than whatever this series is going to be.
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Jul 01, 2015
I agree but I must say that. I did enjoy the pilot . I hope the series can live up to expectations..........
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Jul 01, 2015
"The girl who was having sex with her English teacher (a trope I thought we all agreed to leave in the past after Pretty Little Liars and 90210 because there's nothing sexy about statutory rape)" Agreed. But they can't get enough of it.
They also used the trope in Finding Carter (also on MTV) but this time it's the other way around. A Boy, Gabe is making out with his extremely attractive school counselor Abby (Sabina Gadecki). What makes matters worse they do it in her office. And of course they are too stupid (you know because when you're aroused you're brain stops working) to lock the door so naturally somebody (Bird) walks in on them. Later on Abby’s fiancé sees her sexts texts with Gabe and calls the cops. but there was no witness so they couldn’t hold her or press charges.
Those writers know how to create (teen) drama. What i couldn't understand is why her fiancé check the messages on her phone and than automatically assumes it is a student? Suspicious much? (but this is not explained so i don't really know).

But i'm over analyzing all TV series i watch. I liked Nightmare on Elmstreet (so not gore-porn?) more. But that franchise is already milked to the bone.Somebody used to call me Krueger in school because of my first name. we were already by sequel 4,5,6 or something. can't remember exactly. But that song stills hunts me:

One, two, Freddy's coming for you.
Three, four, Better lock your door
Five, six, grab a crucifix.
Seven, eight, Gonna stay up late.
Nine, ten, Never sleep again..

(shivers)

I'm gonna mourn my fleeting mortality now.

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Jul 01, 2015
Every day I find new reasons to be happy I dumped Finding Carter pretty early on in Season 1.
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Jul 01, 2015
I would love to see an Elm Street series - I still think there's a lot of potential there. The last I heard there was an idea floating around about a film that would follow Krueger's trial, his lawyers in particular, and how they're just as much monsters as he is for letting his escape prison or something.

I also think they'd be plenty to do with a prequel - how/ why Kruger did what he did. How all the drama unfolded, the parents finding out and deciding to kill him etc. Definitely a fantastic horror series.
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Jul 01, 2015
There actually was an Elm Street series in late 80s. It was called "Freddy's Nightmares". It was surprisingly good. It was sort of like Freddy Krueger meets the Twilight Zone as only about half a dozen episodes in the series featured Freddy in the traditional out in front antagonist role (including a couple eps that essentially serve as a prequel to the movies), while a much larger quantity of eps had other strange horror happenings in Springwood, OH which were attributed to him but not in the traditional way. Pretty sharp writing kept things interesting.
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Jul 01, 2015
i have heard about that, I thought it was mainly an anthology series though. I'll have to check it out.
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Jul 01, 2015
Damn grammatical errors. I hate myself. And i miss an edit button. oh well..
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Jul 01, 2015
there is ONLY one way to watch a tv show about pretty teens getting murdered, sliced & diced...

...pants down around your ankles & in a comfortable seated position. [you now it.]
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Jul 01, 2015

you you PieDophile

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Jul 01, 2015
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Jul 01, 2015
I didn't like it like the original Scream movies. Maybe I am too old now
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Jul 01, 2015
John Karna genuinely looks like a serial killer. If this acting thing doesn't work out, I know what he'll do next.
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