"Scream" turns nineteen! | "Get Tonk'd" | Your pop culture protein fix!

"It all started with a Scream over 911..."

"Scream" turns nineteen! | "Get Tonk'd" | Your pop culture protein fix!

"It all started with a Scream over 911..."

At the age of ten, watching anything rated 15 or above was the height of cool, and "Scream" (an 18!) was the talk of the playground.

I had borrowed the VHS (I know, right?) from a neighbour and had yet watch it. The few fleeting clips I had seen, along with many a failed sleepover viewing had riled me up into a frenzy. I was double-locking the backdoor, terrified of masked intruders. I'd had friends, family, anyone who had seen the film, describe to me in intricate detail what happened from start to finish. I hadn't even seen the film and I was obsessed, Drew Barrymore's screaming, knife-wielding image on the back of the video case burned into my retina. This was no longer just a movie. It was a rite of passage.

I don't remember exactly when I plucked up the courage to finally watch "Scream", I was either on school holidays or it was just a regular weekend. All I remember that I was in my bedroom and it was early. No-one was awake... and my heart was pounding.

I have been obsessed ever since...watching and re-watching. No greater, movie-viewing pleasure do I get than when I'm watching "Scream" with someone who has never seen it. Watching them try to figure out the movie's twists and turns, seeing them laugh at jokes and jump at jolts is like like watching the movie through fresh eyes. 

Earlier this year, I was saddened by the news that "horror master" and Scream's director, Wes Craven had passed away to brain cancer. Wes was a personal hero of mine, an artist who I had dreamed of working with someday and who has inspired so many aspects of my professional career. His passing, eerily coincided with me finished the first draft of my first, horror screenplay...a movie directly inspired by "Scream" and Wes Craven's work. 

"Scream" turned nineteen literally days ago, (it's release date was 20th December 1996) so I thought it only fitting to celebrate it's momentous impact on my life with a little nostalgic post.

When did you first watch "Scream"? What movies have really sent the shivers up your spine? I'd love to know, so comment below.