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10 Awesome Meta-Movies That Will Melt Your Mind

Scream

Whedon and Goddard were far from the first filmmakers to examine the clichés of the genre within a comic construct. In 1996, Wes Craven was handed a clever screenplay by newcomer Kevin Williamson (originally titled Scary Movie, ha ha) that asked a simple question: what if the protagonists of a horror movie were themselves connoisseurs of horror movies, and thus aware of what to do and not do? Scream raised the usual stakes — and made the audience experience exponentially more participatory — by explicitly stating the “rules that one must abide by in order to survive a horror movie,” and then tinkering with our expectations. The wildly successful film spawned three sequels, and while the third and fourth installments were rather underwhelming, part two also featured some inspired riffs on how the rules are revised for (inevitably disappointing) sequels.

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