Scream ★★★★½

With a shrill and vocal... shriek, Scream announces itself boldly as a staple of horror, and shows itself to be beloved for a very good reason.

The film is ripe with countless memorable lines, setting itself apart from other horror features by acknowledging the exhaustive tropes that have begun to define the genre. And yet, it doesn't act as a nonsensical parody, rather as a positive and satirical critique - much like the main antagonist, a cheerful and grotesque serial killer who derives the reasoning for his/her craft (no spoilers) from the genre itself.

Aficionados Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, have created a unique piece of horror, poking fun at what this category of films have devolved into, and at the same time, also embracing these ludicrous tropes with glee, tightly intertwining the film with a tape composed of logic and reasoning.

Sidney Prescott: What's the point? They're all the same. Some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can't act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door. It's insulting.

The serial killer, Ghostface, is one of the most bumbling killers out there, almost as if the film acknowledges the actual hardship in going around killing teens in a costume, and yet, is still notably portrayed in a sinister fashion. The so-called victims actually fight back, and just because you have sex, doesn't mean you die, depriving virgins of another excuse for why they haven't been laid yet.

It's also a beautifully crafted whodunnit, where you're unsure who the killer could be, until it's revealed and you're slapping your forehead for how foolish you were not to have seen it coming.

I, personally, can see why the film has lived as long as it has. By existing, it indirectly implies the hypocrisy of horror movie enthusiasts, showcasing that despite the complaints we throw at the silver screen whenever a character idiotically gets killed, fear is truly an emotion that derives one of the ability to think. And it has Shaggy. What's not to love?

Randy: "That's the beauty of it all, Simplicity. Besides, if it gets too complicated, you lose your target audience."

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