Scream (1996) Review

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Scream (1996) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on March 15th, 2019 | Movie Review | Slasher, Scream series, Teen, Meta

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It's about a guy in a mask who runs around slashing teens.

Scream was directed by Wes Craven (who also directed My Soul to TakeNew Nightmare, Vampire in Brooklyn, Cursed,   Red Eye  and the infamous Nightmare on Elm Street) and stars David Arquette (from Bone Tomahawk, Orion, The Tripper, Ravenous), Neve Campbell (from The Dark, The Craft) and Courteney Cox (from Scream 2, Scream 3Scream 4).

Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far.

Scream Review

I rewatched Scream yesterday at a local Alamo Drafthouse movie party. It was a blast. Everyone there were horror movie buffs, the props were fun and it was great to revisit this 90's classic. Scream effectively revitalized the slasher genre that had already been milked for everything it was worth in the 80's.

What makes Scream timeless is how it goes full on meta and has endless references to favorite horror slashers of the past including Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven has a Freddy cameo), The Town that Dreaded Sundown, Friday the 13th and Prom Night .

The original name was going to be Scary Movie but, as you might know, that turned into another thing entirely.

Scream has one of the most memorable opens in horror history, with Drew Barrymore giving a nod to When a Stranger Calls as she's terrorized by a mysterious caller.

The movie has a lot of self-aware humor, just on the verge of parody, as well as a very low kill count for a slasher. There's actually more people who survive than who die. It's almost more of a whodunit, with a lot of suspects and a lot of plot twists.

Great characters, great references, a solid mystery and plenty of humor. A well-rounded horror overall.

Worth Watching?

Absolutely. Scream holds up well and was as fun to watch now as it was back in the 90's. I'll probably watch it again in a few years and will enjoy it again as much as I did now.

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