It was bound to happen and now here it is. A film written by a horror fan
(Kevin Williamson) deconstructing the many rules/habits of the genre.
Horror pop culture fans will love this puppy. Will you pick up the many
nods to Halloween, Nightmare On Elm Street or Psycho? I did and won't ruin
them for you here, spot them yourself.
What makes this film
even extra special is that it accomplishes more than simply referencing the genre,
it also manages to be a scary, engrossing whodunit. The many stalk
sequences will grab you by the balls and your head will hurt from trying
to figure out who the culprit is.
The characters are also
a big PLUS. They're all well developed and more importantly well played.
The chemistry is on and they make the film an even more enjoyable viewing.
A complaint: That
scene where the killer is seen in the grocery store spying on the girls in
full costume. Why would the killer follow them in full costume (in the daytime)? Why is he spying on them? Why doesn't the scene lead anywhere? The killer's
presence is unnecessary and pointless.
Another one: The
killer is a tad clumsy (he's no Michael Myers) and gets his ass kicked way
too easily…but that's just me being picky.
Scream is an all
around good time with great dialogue and an ending that stabs hard.
Everybody is a suspect here and that gives way to a steady flow of
tension. In the 80s, Nightmare On Elm Street gave the genre a new lease on
life. In the 90s, it's Scream. POUCCA!!!