10 Horror Movie Scenes You Didn’t Know Were Cheating On You
We like to think we’re smart people, media savvy and good enough to understand and unpack the media we consume. In reality, I’m sure we’re fine with doing all of these things, but we’re certainly not superior enough to be immune to the tricks of the filmmakers.
With the changing and unpredictable nature of horror, it’s often necessary for filmmakers to play tricks on you and your vulnerable and gullible mind in order to get the best out of their film. It can be something you see in a scene but erase, something you can barely notice but your subconscious registers, anything that allows the filmmakers to manipulate the way you interpret and react to things.
Do it right and your film will have an incredible impact. As, after all, the best cinematic experience is one that moves you deeply – whether in a joyful way or (more commonly with horror) deeply disturbing.
These tricks vary on a scale of deviousness, twist, and also cleverness, but all are certainly worth their fair share of recognition and praise. Audiences may like to think we’re smart, but we like it even more when the film outshines us!
Scream has always been about deceiving its audience, and the filmmakers know that a good portion of modern audiences are very familiar with cinema, so of course the film attempts to subvert their expectations to keep the tension high. A particularly satisfying way to achieve this is through the many “fake Ghostfaces” littered around the stages.
Scream’s signature killer isn’t exactly a hard-to-spot boy – with his shiny white mask and all – but the new movie intentionally lingers on Ghostface-esque characters in the background to make you think “wait a minute. , was it him, or do you mind playing tricks on me?
This happens with the lingering shots of darkness in the opening, when Wes walks around his house, and again when Amber heads into the basement in the finale. In each of these scenes, there is something in the background that looks like Ghostface’s costume to piss off the viewer.
It’s simple, so you can have a little extra bonus for free: From a narrative perspective, the film also tricks you by making Dewey correctly guess the killer in his first scene with the band. He points to Richie and says the lovable boyfriend is still the prime suspect – driving you off track because why on earth would a movie spoil a twist so casually? !