2. Scream 4 (2011)
The most recent film to be released within the Scream franchise, Scream 4 plays as both a sequel and a quasi-reboot (similar to 2018’s Halloween), taking the franchise back to where it all started: Woodsboro.
Although this fourth instalment certainly has its issues – specifically the over/under exposure that plagues the film’s cinematography – Scream 4 is without a doubt the best of the Scream sequels, offering all that Scream 2 and Scream 3 should have offered and then some. Here, Craven was close to being back at his best, introducing new and likable characters, blending comedy and horror effortlessly and pulling off a twist that may be even better than that of the original 1996 film.
If you are going to watch any of the Scream sequels, make sure it’s this one. Scream 4 is so good that it makes surviving the middle instalments worth every second.
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1. Scream (1996)
Although it may seem a little cliché to claim that the original is the best, especially in a Ranked list on a horror franchise, there is no denying that this is certainly the truth when it comes to Scream.
At close to a quarter of a century old, Scream still feels fresh and original, even in spite of the many films that have replicated its style in the years since, and the parodies released in its image.
With the introduction of one of horror’s most famous villains, Ghostface, and the film’s revitalistion of the horror genre, it would be easy for the hype to have outgrown the movie over the years or for it to tie the film too tightly to its era, but how well Scream holds up today is of testament to Wes Craven’s inventive direction and Kevin Williamson’s unique script. In Scream 1, both men offer excellent work individually, but what they construct together is the stuff of legend.
Even today, Scream still holds up, the entire franchise having an overall success rate that outranks most of the horror genre’s best franchises, Scream (1996) being the undisputed classic of the bunch.
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