Year: 1996

Director: Wes Craven

Written by: Kevin Williamson

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Knife

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Other movies in this series:
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Rish Outfield's reviews
Clever. Clever. Clever. This film basically re-invented the horror genre in the 1990's. And I love this movie: the myriad references, the Ghostface mask (I love the way he cleans the knife after a kill), the return of Henry Winkler, the music (both the songs and eerie score), the Halloween video, the voice of the killer, the look of the town, the unexpected laughs, and the way it plays upon your expectations then turns them around, so many things spring to mind. Kevin Williamson's fun, spooky, and smart script entertains by pointing out all the over-done and insipid cliches in 'scary movies,' but manages to create new situations and surprises from beginning to end.
Seriously, this is the horror equivalent of Shakespeare. Wes Craven does his best work in a decade, keeping the action going, yet never taking his focus off the best thing about Scream--the characters. The cast (all talented and mostly pretty) do exceptionally well, and are all given great dialogue. This is a career-maker (I had never heard of Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, David Arquette, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lilliard, or Jamie Kennedy before Scream, but have seen them all in movies since). See, I told you cellular phones were evil. The revelation of who the Ghostface is caught everyone off-guard, and remains powerful after repeated viewings. This was a fantastic movie that worked on many different levels: horror, comedy, mystery, social commentary, and even a teeny bit of romance (Courtney Cox must be something else, for me to hate her that much, yet still want her to live).
Best Scare: The entire first sequence with Drew Barrymore is tight and consistently scary.
I'd Recommend It To: Anyone and everyone . . . even my mother.
Note: I have seen this film several times and am constantly amazed by how well-thought-out it is, and by how fresh it seems with subsequent viewings. I'm sure it will be looked upon as one of the great horror films of the post-Halloween era, and deservedly so.

The tyranist's thoughts
When this movie first came out, I did not want to see it. In spite of the fact that I have committed my meager life to seeing every horror film, I thought that Scream would probably be a collossal waste of my time. I was so wrong. This movie gets better every time I see it. The dialogue is brilliant. The situations are legitimately frightening. And it is so nice to see moderately high production values for a change. This is the one that sold me on Kevin Williamson.
I watched this again last night and the thing that struck me most this time around was the soundtrack. Marco Beltrami's score is beautiful and creepy and hits at just the right spots. On top of that the songs that play throughout the movie are all in a similar vein and all very good. We overlook the music in horror movies sometimes, but it really makes a difference. In this case, I think that the great sountrack made Scream seem like twice the movie that it would have seemed otherwise and really added to the tension that Wes created.

Total Skulls: 17

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie skullskull Frankenstein, Halloween
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity skull
Characters forget about threat skull
Secluded location skull
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene skull
Shower scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out skull
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
What the hell?
x years ago . . .
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask skull
Killer is in closet skull
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending