"Life," there, shouldn't be read to suggest there was any real vitality in what followed. The slashers had, as a rule, been creatively bankrupt from birth and the trend set off by SCREAM was more about trying to ape the elements--and, hopefully, the success--of SCREAM. One of those elements, the one on which I'm going to narrowly focus here, was SCREAM's poster artwork. For a long time, I've had the idea of putting together a series of posts on the general degradation of the art of the movie one-sheet. In this era of Photoshopped "big faces" posters, even calling this an "art" anymore often stretches the meaning of the word to the breaking point. It's often--and correctly--noted that, in Hollywood, nothing succeeds like success, and any successful film is liable to see its poster artwork copied at some point. SCREAM, however, features what is probably the most copied artwork in the history of cinema. The knock-offs began appearing almost immediately, and have continued for over 16 years, as of this writing. Their subjects quickly moved beyond the mere SCREAM-sploitation pictures; SCREAM knock-off posters were used for all manner of horrors, for sci-fi movies, action pictures, even comedies.
What I've assembled here is just a little survey of this phenomenon. It is by no means, comprehensive--the subject is so enormous, I doubt anyone even could prepare one that covers it all. What's here is sufficient to make my point.
When SCREAM first appeared right at the end of 1996, this line of fresh, young faces decorated the artwork one found in the can at one's local movie house:
It was obvious that just about everything about SCREAM--except the fact that it was good--weighed heavily on the creators of this next picture (among them, SCREAM's own Kevin Williamson) when it turned up some months later:
SCREAM 2 also turned up. Copying itself, it would, itself, be often copied:
Some versions, such as this one in French, removed the line of faces--I include it because it, too, is copied later:
This little sci-fi thriller also appeared, with a very appropriate title, insofar as its artwork is concerned:
The following year, 1998, someone took MIMIC up on its title:
The ad guys trying to get out the word on THE BRIDE OF CHUCKY had seen the poster for SCREAM 2:
Those behind CHILDREN OF THE CORN were familiar with the trend, too--this is how they advertised the 5th installment of their franchise:
The I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER gang was back with a sequel (which, wasn't called I KNOW WHAT YOU DID TWO SUMMERS AGO):
More from the "Class of '98":
1999, the branching out continues:
The year 2000 sees the third installment of SCREAM, and again, the franchise copies itself:
And leads to further knock-offs:
In 2001, they come large and small:
And on and on:
Monotonous enough to make you want to, well, scream, right?
 Not so long ago and in a different life, I owned a video store. One night, I was sufficiently bored that I rearranged an entire portion of the horror section to showcase only movies with SCREAM cover art. Before I was finished, I had the better part of three shelves covered by them.