Stacey Bates’s review published on Letterboxd:
The inaugural horror movie that plays off all the prior classic horror movie tropes, not unlike my personal favorite from 2011 film, 'The Cabin in the Woods.'
Wes Craven succeeds greatly in spoofing his own expertise in this horror/comedy. I'm not sure if he intended this, but the Billy Loomis character is even played by a lesser-known actor who strongly resembles young Johnny Depp in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984.)
More than just riffs off the clichés that make up the traditional 80s slasher, 'Scream' focuses on the presence of media in the cases of gruesome crimes, and explores the desensitization that is unique the millennial generation as a result of seeing carnage through the safety of a screen.
The factor of unpredictability was successful, however the ending scenes reigned a tad repetitive, perhaps even moreso than the very slasher films that this movie was meant to parody. Regardless, this is always a fun watch.