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How well does the Slasher movie format translate to TV?

5 June 2016 3:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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With the Scream TV series back on air and Scream Queens season 2 on its way, we look at the rules of making successful slasher TV...

Warning: contains mild spoilers for MTV's Scream season one.

"Think about it," says Noah Foster in the pilot episode of MTV's Scream. "Girl and her friends arrive at the dance, the camp, the deserted town, whatever. Killer-with-a-gimmick takes them out one-by-one. Ninety minutes later, the sun comes up as the girl sits in the back of the ambulance watching her friends' bodies being wheeled past. Roll credits."

It's an awkward piece of self-aware dialogue but also a fair, if simplistic, summation of what a slasher movie is. Like a musical or a rom-com the slasher genre is one hardwired to hit the same familiar beats each time around and, like a musical or a rom-com, audiences keep coming back for more.

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