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.…
Scream: a horror movie that defined a generation, for better or worse. I've heard people consider Wes Craven's post-modern opus to be the best slasher film since the original Halloween. While that's a claim I can't instantly agree with, Scream certainly is and has become one of the most influential and bankable franchises in the horror genre.
Back in the 90's, almost everyone fell in love with Scream. We hadn't seen anything like it before. Most people went in expecting another by the numbers slasher movie. Drew Barrymore was making her comeback in Hollywood and ads and trailers implied she was the main star, setting up a brief plot twist that echoes back to the original Nightmare on Elm Street.…
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.…
"But this is life. This isn't a movie."
"Sure it is, Sid. It's all a movie. It's all one great big movie."
This made such a huge impression on me when I was in grade school, and really kicked-off my love for horror movies.
One of the most clever horror movies of all-time. Smart, funny, well-written, and still very scary.
A lot of backlash seems to have come towards Scream in recent years, and I'll just go ahead and say it's completely undeserved. As a whole, this has aged beautifully. Not only is Scream hilarious, but it is also truly terrifying. Take that, The Cabin in the Woods.
Kevin Williamson's script is filled with delightful satire, riotous lines ("Did you really call the police? My mom and dad are gonna kill me!") and a vicious, gory bite. Wes Craven gives the film an eye for the perfect angles and shots to scare you, and ways to lessen the gore that is shown (probably to get cut down from the NC-17 that the film originally recieved.), while still giving us plenty…
I saw bits and pieces of horror movies when I was very young, but I consider 'Scream' to be my door into the world of horror. I've been tangled up in that world ever since.
I was sixteen when this film was released, so of course I didn't understand the many references, and now that I've seen some 'seminal' slashers I can appreciate them.
"Halloween" created what today is known as the slasher movie-- simply a film about a mad killer who slices and dices his way through a bunch of people to get to one, single person. And for almost twenty years, that film sat as the "rulebook" for horror. By 1996, the horror genre was dead, most films consisting of direct-to-video releases of well, "Halloween" sequels. But Wes Craven changes the rules, and instead we get the deliciously nasty "Scream". One of the best horror films, the film itself contains one of the best openings a slasher flick has ever seen-- simply a teenage girl (Barrymore), home alone, talking on the phone to a stranger-- and before long, the situation goes from…
With a nod and a wink and a smirk on its ghostface, Wes Craven’s Scream cleverly deconstructs the horror genre. Borrowing pages from all the right films, I wonder how it manages to create a terror of its own even while it academically examines the inner workings of the genre? Maybe that’s the point.
It's certainly a product of it's time, speaking to a generation of horror fans who understand the horror films of the 70's and 80's, this 90's gem still holds up today for anyone who likes slashers and smart writing.
Understanding the in-gags and references in the movie certainly adds to the charm of why this is so much fun, but even without that, this is still an enjoyable slasher flick and still one of my favourites all these years later.
I always appreciate a movie that can weigh the pros and cons of its genre even while reveling in them. It gets a little gun shy at times (which makes zero sense because at other times it is willing to go all out), but that doesn't keep it from being a damn good movie.
Der "Slasher-Vater" nimmt sein eigenes Kind aufs Korn.
Nicht als stumpfe Parodie sondern als humorvolle Weiterentwicklung.
Wer hat sich nicht auch schon gedacht "Wenn ich in einem Horror-Film wäre, dann würde ich ganz sicher nicht so dämlich handeln". Damit spielt der Film bis aufs äußerste. Die Hauptdarsteller zitieren offen aus dem Who-ist-Who des Horror Genres, stellen sogar Überlebensregeln auf, bevor sie dann doch einer nach dem anderen niedergemacht werden. Auf Gore wird dabei weitgehend verzichtet. Das kann ja haute eh niemanden mehr schocken.
Nicht nur die Darsteller sind eine Parodie auf das Genre, mit dem sich wohl kaum einer besser auskennt als dieser Regisseur. Er spielt immer wieder mit den Erwartungshaltungen des Zuschauers. Wunderbar die Szene des Schuldrektors der sich…
Creo que fue mi película de terror de los 90. Mi padre me la grabo en VHS para que pudiera verla y menuda gozada, creo que desde ese momento me la he visto miles de veces.
The opening to Craven’s Scream is one of the most exhilarating and memorable opening scenes in film history, instantly setting up the tone of the Scream franchise immaculately. Following his unique 1994 New Nightmare (click here for my review!), Wes Craven set out to make a horror spoof that makes fun of all horror movie clichés that have become a large part of horror films.
The creation of a villain named Ghostface, whose identity changes in accordance to the events that happen throughout each film due to the character of Sidney Prescott, played terrifically by Neve Campbell, is another great idea that succeeds in straying away from the invincible killer concept created by other horror…
Always a pleasure.