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Big horror fans know that Wes Craven’s Scream, released in 1996, is the final real slasher film. A parody of all the excesses and absurdities of the genre, it is about a serial killer obsessed with slasher movies, a masked murderer who kills his victims while making reference to Scream’s predecessors, unable to differentiate between film and reality. But a generation of teenagers, unaware of the history, adopted it as their own, making the film a big hit but totally missing the joke. As such, it revitalized the very sub-genre it destroys, spawning two sequels, numerous rip offs (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, etc), reboots of long dead series (Jason X, Seed of Chucky, the Psycho remake, etc.), merchandised Scream costumes at Halloween parties across the country, and, in a pinnacle of only-in-Hollywood total absurdity, a franchise of parody films (Scary Movie), or rather parody-parodies. »

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