Making a slasher movie work as a TV show is hard. You have to do a lot of things different to really make the transition work or else everything just falls apart. It’s a tricky task and hopefully with the continued popularity of horror movies we will see more attempts to bring the slasher genre to the small screen. And while it was very uneven at times, I think Scream did a fairly solid job of telling a slasher story over 10 hours instead of 90 minutes.
The first season of Scream TV ended this week with its 10th episode “Revelations.” For those that missed or skipped the show, basically a cyberbullying video sets off a brutal string of murders in the town of Lakewood, already the location of a series of murders committed by deformed killer Brandon James decades ago. As everyone tries to figure out who the killer is, they also learn things about Brandon James and how his murders connect to the present.
I really enjoyed the series. It did struggle with pacing, especially during episodes 4-6. Also I think it made a mistake in making the character Emma the clear lead. It was just hard to follow other story arcs when you know the main mystery is going to be solved by following Emma. And there were too many times where characters made a bad decision for no other reason than to advance the story. But as a crazed fan of 80s and 90s slashers, this did not bother me, though I did notice.
The season finale did the best job of capturing that slasher feel while at the same time doing stuff that set up the 2nd season, in terms of where the characters are going and what mysteries remain to be resolved. The reveal of the killer was not a huge surprise, it became pretty obvious in the last episode, but I enjoyed the final showdown and how it raised new questions. Plus I really liked the cast, despite my initial feelings Brooke and Jake really grew on me, I’ll be interested to see where everyone is in the 2nd season and who they add. Plus they set up maybe there were multiple killers this season or possibly more to the Brandon James backstory that set off the series. I’m curious to see what path they take.
Overall I had a lot of fun watching it and will probably binge the 1st season to see how that affects the pacing issues. If you are a fan of slashers and skipped this, I recommend it, even though it is flawed but in acceptable ways given the change in format and it being in the slasher genre. I look forward to the 2nd season and hope we get things like a Friday the 13th show as well.