Originally Posted by Boilersuit_Mayhem
It was brilliant because it... mocked itself for being clichéd?
Yes and no. My wording was probably poor, but I saw it as mocking previous horror films (particularly slashers) for being very predictable, by showing the rules that had to be followed to fulfill the outcomes of those films (virgins live, people who have sex die, drinking and partying lead to death, etc...). Not saying all prior slashers were bad, but the stories all seemed to be mesh together to form the same old trend for the horror films of the late 70s and 80s. Scream wasn't a game changer in the fact of being a totally different form of slasher, but like I said earlier, it pointed out the rules so that in a sense they could be broken. Movies that followed had an opportunity to do something entirely different and hold nothing back. This is how I view it, but it's just my opinion.