(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve seen… all of the Scream movies to date, I believe, and I find the slasher movie genre a particularly interesting one, the only problem being, of course, that there’s very little time to get to know many of the characters.
Extending the slasher genre into a television series was an interesting idea, especially since it gave me the chance to know and care about many of the characters. While I did recognise a lot of the sterotypes from the movies, I thought there were several moments where the tropes were turned on their heads.
Although there were some very gory scenes in this series, I thought that at least as much time was spent developing the storyline and the characters. I didn’t particularly like Emma at first, but she had grown on me by the end of the series… and I thought that she had a lot pushed on her shoulders.
I especially liked the friendship between Audrey and Noah. I thought that Noah was quite sweet and it was good to see there were times the other characters turned to him for help.
There did seem to be a lot of secrets being revealed as the series went on. I wasn’t especially keen on Will’s character… and I only really liked Jake towards the end of the series. Kieran did seem to be the typical ‘bad boy’ character, but I liked seeing his father interacting with Emma’s mother.
It was interesting to see how the events of the past played into the present. While some of the more minor characters were a bit harder to get my head round, the main characters were well-developed and I did care about them. I’d say Brooke was probably my favourite character, since although she came across as a mean girl, I felt there was a lot more depth to her than was first revealed.
I didn’t really like the love triangle, but there was a lot of tension in other parts of the series that kept me watching. I couldn’t say that everything was tied up neatly by the end of the series, though. I still had several questions that I would have liked to have answered.
I did think that the series did a good job of showing the contrast between rumours and truth and that every person had secrets and things that could hurt them. Although graphic in places, I was drawn into the series and it was entertaining and the characters were interesting and believable. I’d definitely be interested in watching season two when it comes out.