Scream ★★★★

Wes Craven shook the horror genre for the second time in his career with this razor-sharp slasher satire that's as witty as it is thrilling. Kevin Williamson's fantastic script plays with genre tropes by following some and subverting others, while providing memorable dialogue full of movie references and self-aware characters that give the film an energy not many others of this style possess. It is aided by a spirited cast, inventive set-pieces, a sense of unpredictability (as characters are killed without a second thought) and an unusual extended third act that constantly builds in mayhem.

It probably doesn't appear as clever as it did when first released, but for me Scream still holds up well and remains a throughly entertaining experience. There's not many films that can balance scares and laughs as well as this.

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