Tristan French’s review published on Letterboxd:
Scream was directed by legendary horror director Wes Craven and stars an all star cast including Neve Campbell from the brilliant and underrated show Party of Five, Courtney Cox of Friends, David Arquette and Drew Barrymore.
In 1996, Scream was revolutionary, as it was the first horror film where the characters make reference other famous horror movies and already know the famous horror cliche's. There were films in the past that make reference to other films, but Scream was the first where the characters use the knowledge they have learned from horror movies to survive.
Many horror films have attempted to capture the same tone as Scream and failed miserably. What makes scream work so well is that it's self aware. It never takes itself too seriously and its oftentimes wonderfully campy, but it still has some extremely tense and well crafted moments.
The first 10 minutes of Scream is one of the best introductions to a horror movie I have ever seen. Sure it's cliche, a girl gets an anonymous telephone call from an unknown killer who keeps her boyfriend captive in the backyard, but its presented in such a way that it pokes fun at other horror films as well as itself.
Unlike most slasher horror films, the characters are extremely well developed especially Neve Campbell's character as her character has a well fleshed out backstory and is generally very likeable.
Overall, Scream is a very fun and intense horror film and I definitely recommend it.