Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far.
One year after the death of Sidney Prescott's mother, two students turn up gutted. When a serial killer appears, Sidney begins to suspect whether her mother's death and the two new deaths are related. No one is safe, as the killer begins to pick everyone off one by one.
"Now don't you blame the movies. Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!"
Ohhhh how Scream is one of the guiltiest of all indulgences. Wes Craven delivered what is essentially a satirical, violent, and hip post modern horror film that almost plays out like a big bloody episode of Scooby-Doo... There are no Spooky Space Kooks or Miner Forty-Niners. The characters that populate the fictional town of Woodsboro are entirely real and they live beyond the run-time of the movie. The old stories, history of the town, and overbearing nostalgic feeling make this a town that will always welcome us in and make our stay comfy. Despite people hanging from trees with their intestines hanging out, of course.…
No, please don't kill me Mr. Ghostface. I want to be in the sequel!
Do you remember the first time you saw Scream?
I was still in high school in 1996. I went to the theatre to see Scream with a group of friends, some of whom were already seeing it for the second time.
I was definitely not as into film then as I am now. But it looked scary and fun, and my favorite actress just happened to have a big starring role - or so I thought - so I just had to check it out. (If you have not seen the film, or the multiple parodies, you should stop reading here.)
So yeah, the movie begins…
Casey: I'm calling the Police!
Ghostface: Go ahead, they'll never make it in time... we're in the middle of nowhere!
Casey: [crying] What do you want?
Ghostface: To see what your insides look like.
I'm a huge fan of horror but I'd almost forgotten about Scream until I dug it out from my DVD collection. It's aged well and at times, still bloody scary. It's quality has been scarred over the past decade due to lame sequels (Scream 3 is pretty much a disaster which in turn Scream 4 almost came close to repairing but it was no cigar) and the demise of the slasher genre due to the accession of torture porn and the found-footage sub-genre during the noughties.…
Matthew Lillard is a fucking legend. That is all.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Scream was released in 1996, the same year during which I found myself briefly traumatized from seeing one (or ten) too many horror films.
I absolutely had to see Scream because the cast was pretty awesome and I loved Drew. So i rented it, popped it in the VCR and spent basically the entire duration hiding in the next room, completely shit-baked.
When Wes Craven isn't making crap like 'They' and 'My Soul to Take', the man is a friggin' genius. Scream gave new life to the world of horror, which was in dire need of something fresh.
I could watch this a hundred times over, and never get bored. It's witty, bloody, clever and filled with memorable deaths. Plus, let's face it- it was GREAT trying to guess who was responsible for the body count :P
While the horror genre thrived in the 80's with the Freddy/Jason-type unstoppable killer movies, the whole genre was pretty much dying in the 90's. Scream came along in 1996 and not only reinvigorated the genre, but completely reinvented it. Wildly popular (and deservedly so) at the time, its reputation has since been tarnished as it often gets lumped in with the countless wanna-bes and knock-offs that followed, including its own relatively inferior sequels. But this was a great horror flick that pushed all the right buttons.
Original and entertaining (if not entirely realistic) dialogue, a cast full of breakthrough performances, and a story that dares be somewhat self-aware and play to the audience with a wink, all result in a…
It works thanks to its terrific breakdown of horror movie tropes and its examination of a youth culture desensitized to violence and, in a more general sense, reality.
I don't know what it is about this film, but I just think it's perfect.
This was one of my favourite filmgoing experiences ever! I dragged along a friend who hates scary movies by assuring her that it wouldn't be frightening at all. Were we ever shocked when we spent the whole Drew Barrymore sequence screaming out loud along with the rest of the theatre (including a row of frat-type guys in front of us). The movie doesn't scare me any more and unfortunately it spawned a string of crap teen "horror" movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer but at the time it was released, Scream was a truly original and fun movie.
Nineties comedy with bad acting v's stiff nips.
In the hands of horror master Wes craven 'Scream' ticks all the boxes, funny and scary in equal measure with a genuinely clever plot that will have you ( even on subsequent screenings )guessing til the end the identity of the killer.
Oh and Courtney Cox finds her true cinematic home.
Often imitated but never bettered, Scream is, with the possible exception of Psycho, the best horror movie of all time.
It's difficult to appreciate now the impact it had upon release, horror wasn't the genre it is now and was in the 80s, Scream was like a breath of fresh air, or rather a knife through the stomach.
It's witty, it's frightening, it's got a great cast, it conformed to none of the cliches associated with horror at the time and it's brilliant.
Yes, it's played for laughs in part but the opening scene in particular is pur and utter terror.
Scream stands as the movie which brought horror back from the dead.
This movie scared the shit out of me as a kid. Why did my parents let me watch these?
I haven't seen many horrors and this just makes me feel that I really should go check them out before watching these self aware satirical horror comedies. Wes Cravens "Scream" is kinda brilliant though. Definitely makes me feel that The Cabin in the Woods is somewhat overrated, as it hardly scared me and it's commentaries were very simple with one dimensional characters. This movie on the other hand is actually pretty horrific, with good amounts of development on it's characters and fused with good dosages of self aware/satirical comedic moments and social/cultural commentaries on the world today and it's inhabitants, particularly the youth, media and horror film cliches. Very enjoyable...but I don't see how I would enjoy sequels of this. It feels like a one time thing. Still thinking about that fucked up ending though. Quite hilarious yet tragic and thought provoking at the same time. Very good movie.