All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far.
A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the "Rules" of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.
Rest in Peace, Wes Craven. An absolute master of the horror genre.
Scream was literally the first horror movie I ever watched and it scared the living shit out me. While this movie traumatized me as an 11 year old boy, it also managed to make me become extremely interested in the horror genre. This man is responsible for revolutionizing the horror genre not just once, but twice. He is also responsible for making me become a horror fan.
Injecting life into a moribund subgenre of horror, Wes Craven's "Scream" both celebrated and revitalized slasher films upon its release in 1996. A post-modern, genre-referential chiller, the film profited on its comedic lilt, fresh-faced cast, and violence. Nearly twenty years later, the film still works and works very well. Its novelty may have worn off, but its core mystery, committed production, and ability to thrill make "Scream" an outstanding piece of horror.
Kevin Williamson's screenplay is built around the teenage citizens of Woodsboro, an idyllic hamlet rocked by a series of violent murders. As the body count rises, Neve Campbell's Sidney tries to piece together the killer's identity while trying to avoid her own demise.
It is all standard narrative…
A small-sleepy town gets woke-the-fuck-up by a Ghostface killa, and everyone is a fuckin' suspect. Jiffy Pop on the stove. A fuckin' killer on the phone. A shocking beginning that you never see coming. Neve before her Wild-Things-threesome. An edited-for-television relationship. A severe case of blue-balls. The slutty and busty best-friend. Crazy-as-fuck Stu. Randy works at a video-rental-store and has never been laid. Skeet before Jericho doing his best Johnny Depp impersonation. Deputy fuckin' Dewey. A cougar-tabloid-twit reporter that I would be friends with. A fat-fuck cameraman who loves Cheetos. A scary-staircase chase. High-tech 911. A big-ass cellular phone. Fingering the wrong guy again. A Ray Donovan cameo. Fonzie's last shark-jump. Richard Gere loves gerbils. Who the fuck is Wes…
Damn. This is a sad night.
Wes Craven was a profoundly influential filmmaker to me during my childhood. I remember witnessing A Nightmare on Elm Street (still my favorite of his) late at night on HBO or something of the sort and I was scared shitless. However, I also was enthralled by its playfulness and its confidence as a dreamy horror fable. Soon after, I hunted down a copy of Scream, and again, I was simultaneously scared shitless and astounded by its inventiveness and clever takes on the Slasher genre that he helped elevate.
Even now, I continue to be mesmerized and frightened by the use of horror and comedy within Scream. Each trope of the particular genres are…
A heartbreaking loss. It was you who introduced me to the genre with this groundbreaking film, and because of it, I'm the huge horror fan that I am today. You managed to bring life to a lifeless genre countless times and you've inspired me in ways you can't even imagine. It's like saying goodbye to a good friend I never actually met. It's weird, I'm truly at a lost for words. You and your films will surely live in my nightmares forever.
Sweet dreams, Wes.
"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.…
I ate like my weight in pretzels cause I was so into this film, even though I watched this like three weeks ago
What I Learnt From: Scream
"It's the millennium. Motives are incidental."
It's very hard to understand the hype of this film in retrospect, as it feels like a thousand other slasher horror comedies. But when considering it is very much the first of it's kind, it certainly has charm and appeal. Also, it's so very 90s. There was a definite fascination of the darker side of the teenage psyche in the later stages of the decade.
What I've taken away from this is that there is no shame in a film being of it's time. Scream is unashamedly working off of the styles and fancies of the period it was made in, which is primarily where it gets it's appeal from to this day.
Also, I only just realised that because we are in teens of the 21st century, the 90s are as far away now, as the 70s were in the 90s. Oh dear!
Still my favorite 90s horror film :) RIP WES
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Great fun film to watch whenever you are at home sick and can't decide on what to watch. Also, it really does do a grand job of being self-aware.
It’s difficult for me to fully appreciate the late Wes Craven as a good director. I think this may come from his lack of attaining a memorable style? All of his films, no matter how solid to terrible they are, never feel like the work of a single person. Diversity? No. Just someone afraid to (or lacking) a serious vision. Not all directors need to be auteurs, but even Craven seemed to recycle and plagiarize from himself. "Scream", though, is very easily Craven’s finest hour - not because of his direction (because it is, once again, as bland as can possibly be imagined) but because of Kevin Williamson’s near-perfect screenplay that is ripe with an abundance of wit. The horror…
plays into all the best tropes, classic love it. jamie's fave
Quickly gunna wax lyrical about Scream because it is bloomin good, as both a revisionist analysis of slasher horror as well as a truly scary and suspenseful genre piece. Watch it if you haven't you must be mad.
Scream if you wanna go faster
A solid and interesting horror film
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…