Scream The TV Series
Scream (the movie) scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a kid. I went over a friend's house and her parents let us watch it (what were they thinking? I was 7 or 8 years old. My mom was livid when she found out.) Some kids are afraid of monsters under their bed. Me? I was afraid of the Scream dude in my closet. Why some guy in a Halloween costume would want to hang out in my messy ass closet, I don't know, but to a kid it made sense.
Movie Spoiler Alert (It's been 20 years, I think the statute of limitations is up on spoilers)
Then when I was older, about 16 probably, I decided to watch it again and holy crap it's hilarious. Such a funny movie. And Mathew Lillard will always be Shaggy from Scooby Doo to me so he was automatically a lot less scary. Just that bit at the end where Sidney tells him she called the cops and he responds with "my mom and dad are gonna be so mad at me." God, I love it! And so when I found out MTV was going to make a TV show out of it I figured I'd watch the first episode.
My expectations were not high. Actually, I watched the first 10 minutes or so of it and thought, this is dumb, I'm wasting my time, and turned it off. Then a few weeks later my sister (also a fan of the movies) wanted to watch it. So after a few minutes of "please, Jackie, please," I gave in and sat down with my popcorn and low expectations. And I am so glad I did because I freaking love it. We ended up binge watching whatever was out at the time (a respectable 5 or 6 episodes, I think.)
I know it didn't get much critical acclaim (it's a teen slasher show on MTV. Who was really expecting Oscar award winning stuff?) It's a little cheesy, and some of the acting is terrible (although not as bad as I expected it to be. Score another point for low expectations.) But it's suspenseful and funny and I catch definite nods to the movies here and there. I love that it references horror movies and in the first episode even asks the question "how could you make a horror movie into a TV show?"
I think that if you enjoyed the movies, you'll like the show. Or if you just plain like cheesy slasher movies than you might like this cheesy slasher show. I definitely love it. (No shame, Jackie. Own it!)
There still hasn't been any word on if it's renewed for a third season but there is a Halloween special next week, October 18th, so at least we'll get some form of closure if it's cancelled. Seriously MTV tell us!
Also because of this show, I'm absolutely obsessed with this song: Dark in my Imagination by Of Verona