Scream ★★★★

Scream is a horror classic from Wes Craven and one that although coming out almost twenty-five years ago still feels timeless. Besides having genuine tension throughout, there is also a surprising amount of investment that comes from it's central mystery involving who the killer is. Part of the film's charm is the cast, which bring tons of charisma to otherwise hollow characters.

Matthew Lillard and Jamie Kennedy (who I had to IMDB because I had thought for the longest time he was Seth Green) stole the show, but the dynamic between Skeet Ulrich and Neve Campbell was great too. Usually overt pop-culture references can feel cheap and annoying, but this really is Wes Craven's love letter to the genre, and doesn't hurt he was able to throw in some cool kills, a stellar storyline, and an iconic opening scene. B+