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Scream (1996)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Wes Craven

Starring:
Neve Campbell/Sydney
Courteney Cox/Gale
Skeet Ulrich/Billy
Matthew Lillard/Stu
10 10
PLOT-CRUNCH
Someone has seen way too many horror flicks and is going on a killing spree (no, it's not me). The joys of being a teen are cut short… slash slash slash!
THE LOWDOWN
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!!!
GORE
This movie bleeds and doesn't shy away from the red stuff. It's actually very brutal at times. Ever wanted to see Drew Barrymore get it? Here's your chance.
ACTING
Neve Campbell (Sydney) is perfect as the virginal teen. All is expressed through her big brown eyes. Courteney Cox (Gale) is very effective as the determined reporter. Skeet Ulrich (Billy) looks exactly like Johnny Depp and Craven uses that to reference his own Nightmare On Elm Street. Ulrich has more sex appeal than all the girls in the film put together…and I'm straight!!!! Matthew Lillard (Stu) is all over the place as the kooky dude. He's hilarious! Jamie Kennedy (Randy) works as the film nut who knows everything about the genre but nothing about getting laid. Rose McGowan (Tatum) lets her breasts do the acting…great acting! David Arquette (Dewey) is adorable as the well meaning dim wit. Drew Barrymore (Casey) dies very well. Henry Winkler (Principal Henry) shows up for an amusing extended cameo.
T & A
Someone forgot to tell Craven that the slasher movies this one references showed tits. Where are they at? The sexiness of the film is strictly over the clothes stuff. They don't break the underwear rule.
DIRECTING
Craven knows. His years of experience in the genre are put to great use here. He gets great performances out of his cast, delivers on the tension front and even manages to slip in a few groovy shots. Grade A.
SOUNDTRACK
The score is bleak, powerful and fits the many moods of the film. I loved it! The soundtrack has enough gnarly pop/rock tunes to get your feet tapping.
BOTTOM LINE
Scream is the real thing. It's smart, witty, suspenseful, well written and well acted. I'm sure it sent a bunch of new fans to the video store to check out all of the old classics. It's also the genre staple for the 90s. Forget the countless imitators and see this one again…trust me…It's a screamer!!
BULL'S EYE
I'll give up one reference and that's it: The number 10 jersey that Rose McGowan wears is very similar to the jersey Johnny Depp wore in Nightmare On Elm Street. Craven, you dirty dog…

The scene with the killer in the supermarket was actually longer in an early version of the film. It had the killer following the girls outside, listening in on Sydney and Tatum's conversation (Tatum disses Stu's sexual talents). It actually gives motive for the killer dispatching Tatum later on in the film. The scene was cut short to keep with the clocking time (should've cut the whole scene all together). Thanks to Karen from the UK for the heads up on this tidbit of info!
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6:50PM on 08/23/2010

MY ALL TIME FAV.

I love everything about this movie. Love the sequels as well. Matt Lillard puts this one on top for me though.
I love everything about this movie. Love the sequels as well. Matt Lillard puts this one on top for me though.
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8:01PM on 08/15/2010

One of Wes Craven`s best.

This is certainly one of his best movies as a filmmaker. Smart screenplay by Kevin Williamson (The Faculty), terrific casting, some amusing in-jokes and suspenseful sequences highlights this movie.

I actually prefer "Scream 2" over this one. But still, this is the original classic. I can`t wait for the upcoming Blu-ray.
This is certainly one of his best movies as a filmmaker. Smart screenplay by Kevin Williamson (The Faculty), terrific casting, some amusing in-jokes and suspenseful sequences highlights this movie.

I actually prefer "Scream 2" over this one. But still, this is the original classic. I can`t wait for the upcoming Blu-ray.
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8:16PM on 06/30/2010

CLASSIC

That is the best word i can use to describe this film. The directing is perfect. Wes Craven really knows how to build suspense and hold tension. The characters are all well developed and REALLY likable. I was REALLY rooting for these characters as opposed to the killer. They gave us a GREAT heroine in Sidney who kicked ass.
The soundtrack was amazing and the acting was great all around. The movie was also really clever and witty and had great lines.
Even though the film has a
That is the best word i can use to describe this film. The directing is perfect. Wes Craven really knows how to build suspense and hold tension. The characters are all well developed and REALLY likable. I was REALLY rooting for these characters as opposed to the killer. They gave us a GREAT heroine in Sidney who kicked ass.
The soundtrack was amazing and the acting was great all around. The movie was also really clever and witty and had great lines.
Even though the film has a perfect rating from me I do have a few flaws. I agree with the arrow about the supermarket scene. Why would the killer be there in full costume? It annoys me.
Another thing that bothers me is that WAY TOO many people survive in the end for my liking. I think they could've killed off another couple of the characters. Just sayin'
But in the end it's still an amazing movie and the ending is MIND BLOWING!

CLASSIC!
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7:30PM on 10/26/2008
This movie wasn't so scary but that ho gettin killed in the garage door... Bravo Wes Craven,who brings some creative ways to die up in this movie...
This movie wasn't so scary but that ho gettin killed in the garage door... Bravo Wes Craven,who brings some creative ways to die up in this movie...
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8:37PM on 10/02/2006
This movie is so scary and funny, it's no wonder it spawned a slew of inferior imitators.
This movie is so scary and funny, it's no wonder it spawned a slew of inferior imitators.
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10:54AM on 01/23/2006

Excellent

This movie should be on any horror list of the 10 greatest of all time. It's not slow, it builds, and is an overall excellent movie. This is a hall-of-famer!
This movie should be on any horror list of the 10 greatest of all time. It's not slow, it builds, and is an overall excellent movie. This is a hall-of-famer!
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12:08AM on 08/04/2005

goood

great movie with awesome acting, plenty of suspense, an original villan(most slashers before this walked really slow). check out scream.
great movie with awesome acting, plenty of suspense, an original villan(most slashers before this walked really slow). check out scream.
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