HMM Day 15 – The Faculty

On The Subject of Horror

By the late 80’s the slasher genre was on a downward spiral to an inevitable end. Film series like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th were pumping out a new sequels every year. Each one being worse than the last. It wasn’t until 1996 when Wes Craven would revitalize the slasher genre with the movie Scream. If there was ever a definition of metacinema, then 1996’s Scream would be it. The lure and entertainment of the movie is in its ability to be “meta.” But the movie revitalized the teen horror setting and would spawn a plethora of copycat slashers like 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer and 1998’s Urban Legend. Even Michael Myers would make another appearance in 1998’s Halloween H20: 20 Years Later… which has to be the stupidest title in all horror movie titles. I’m a stickler for film titles and please…

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