Scream (1996)


Movie Review

Directed by: Wes Craven

Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore

A killer named Ghostface unleashes true horror on the town of Woodsboro when he brutally murders teen girl Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) and her boyfriend Steve (Kevin Patrick Walls).  He calls Casey and quizzes her on scary movies.  She obviously does not pass the test with flying colors.  Afterwards, Casey’s friend Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends start dropping like flies as Ghostface begins calling and killing all of them.  Suspicion is rampant, and many accusations start flying.  Though still coping with the vicious rape and murder of her mother one year prior, Sidney and her teen friends leverage their knowledge of traditional horror films to protect themselves from this sadistic killer who is plaguing the town.

In Scream, Wes Craven—an auteur of the slasher flick—brings us a satirical horror film that cleverly makes fun of the sex and gore of past works in the genre.  Craven, a man who wrote many of the rules in the slasher playbook, breaks them all in Scream.  He gives us smart characters and, in turn, a smarter killer.  All in all, Scream is a thrilling and refreshing addition to the horror genre.



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