WHERE THIS EVIL HAILS FROM: The Scream series
WHY THIS EVIL MADE ME FILLE THE FEAR: I can still remember the first time I saw Scream. It was 1998. Instead of Hogwarts houses, we sorted Spice Girls, and I stayed over at my friend Danielle’s house to watch the episode of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer where Buffy and Angel do it for the first time (my parents had recently banned cable.) Afterwards, we secretly stayed up too late and watched Scream, and I had nightmares for days. I mean damn, even Drew Barrymore wasn’t safe from a gruesome butchering at Ghostface’s fists. And I had seen Firestarter, so I knew that girl was tough.
I think what scared me the most about Ghostface is how omnipotent they always seemed. You’re at home, alone, with the door locked and the lights on? Ghostface will call you up and prank call/murder you. Walking on your college campus in broad daylight? Ghostface had balls of steel and a van. In a public bathroom at a busy matinee? Ghostface doesn’t give a fuck. Ghostface will stab you in the ear. There was literally nowhere to hide (except ostensibly behind your own virginity) and nowhere to be safe. Ghostface was everywhere, and he/she/they wanted blood.
HOW THIS EVIL STILL DOES: Pretty damn well! Let’s face it, Ghostface is iconic. With four films to the Scream franchise, a dubious spoof homage in the Scary Movie series, and Scream’s shining title of highest grossing slasher movie of all-time, Ghostface has made sure all of us will jump out of our skin the moment we hear somebody growl, “Hello, Sidney” in perpetuity. Kevin Williamson has put about tons of information on the future of Scream as well, including plans for a fifth and a sixth instalment, and there’s an MTV series set to air in 2015. And to be perfectly honest, once you’ve been Skeet Ulrich, Skeet Ulrich’s mom, and Emma Roberts, you’ll probably be doing well until the end of time.