'Scream' is one of the most unusual horror movies ever made -- and that's not an exaggeration. If you happen not to like Wes Craven's seminal film about a slasher in Woodsboro who has a bone to pick with the friends and family of a young lass named Sidney Prescott, you may frown at such a claim, but that doesn't make it any less true.

In fact, a dislike of 'Scream' could easily be interpreted as just another reason it's one of the most unusual entries the horror genre knows. So what, exactly, makes the Kevin Williamson–penned slasher so different? It's simple: 'Scream' caused a schism in the horror genre, its legacy being the creation of a distinct period of post-'Scream' horror movies.

Unlike most smash hits, however, 'Scream' didn't just inspire a fleeting rash of imitations; it created a ripple effect in both filmmakers and the film industry as a whole. With 'Scream 4' opening soon (April 15), now seems a perfect time to take a look at the 'Scream' legacy -- the filmmakers who tip their hats to Craven and Williamson's invigorating self-awareness and the films that wouldn't exist without 'Scream.'
categories Features, Horror