Kevin Williamson is arguably one of the biggest contributors to the horror genre (especially the teenage horror subgenre) alive today. Although he came onto the scene with his beloved teen drama Dawson’s Creek, it’s horror where Williamson’s creativity peaks. Not only is he the screenwriter who completely changed the slasher genre forever with ‘Scream,’ ‘Scream 2,’ and ‘Scream 4,’ he also wrote, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer,’ “Teaching Mrs. Tingle”, “Cursed” and my personal favorite is “The Facility”.
In the same way that every teenage movie since the 1980s has sought to replicate or subvert the style of John Hughes, every teen horror film has either attempted to capture the magic of Williamson’s work, or done as little as possible. I’ve been trying to To distance yourself from the obvious comparison. How many times have you seen a movie billed as “the greatest slasher since ‘Scream’?”Kevin Williamson’s string of horror films from the ’90s to his ’00s is so powerful, His influence can be marked as “before” and “after” his entire subgenre of teenage horror.
This is all to emphasize that Peacock landing a new Kevin Williamson flick is dream material, and that it premieres on Friday the 13th only adds to the joy. I could binge-watch all the Jason Voorhees movies to celebrate the holidays, but I’m already doing that.