Greatest Antagonist Series vol. 61 // American Horror Icons Nr. 9
1996 - Scream
I hate this character. I believe Ghostface is merely just a cheap imitation of what the slasher genre once were.
You might ask why I chose to include Ghostface at all... Well, it's not that I don't see the importance of the character in terms of the direction the slasher genre took.
At a time when we had almost seen it all, it was hard to come up with something new, so Wes Craven, creator of slasher-legend Freddy Krueger, decided to go back to the roots; a mask-wearing psychopath with a knife - the special attribute being telephone calls. But whereas Freddy had his own thing with the nightmares, Ghostface simply just fades like the ghost he is... Scream is just boring, and it's a wonder to me that it could spawn three sequels, and a TV-series. I guess this just goes to show how much hunger people have for the slasher-genre...
Another fact is, that Ghostface is more remembered for his parody alter-ego from the Scary Movie franchise, and I feel that the comedy film captures exactly what he is; an unoriginal parody of what the slasher icons was in the 70s and 80s. I think Craven made Freddy because he had a personal idea, but I feel he made Ghostface because he wanted to make money - which is fine, but then it becomes an obvious cliché build on other great characters. At least that's how I see it...
To put it in manga terms: what Fairy Tail is to One Piece, Naruto and Bleach - Ghostface is to Freddy, Myers and Jason. And, at a time where Hannibal popped up, with the whole psychological insight, it amazes me that the movie has become so popular - I really don't like it... same goes with a lot of movies from the 90's, I have to admit. I feel like the 90's had good movies, but for films in general, the 90's might've been a transcending period - to find a new form among all that had already been made; Ghostface is a result of this confusion, and influx of the TV-series. However, Ghostface has managed to become an Icon of horror.
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