Cert: 18 Runtime: 111 mins Director: Wes Craven Cast: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Liev Schreiber and Drew Barrymore
What’s your favourite scary movie?
Happy Halloween guys, recently I have re-visited an old favourite of mine Wes Craven’s Scream. Scream is one of the first horror movies I had ever watched and to this day remains to be a favourite of mine. It is a great franchise and I do love all four movies, they are so tongue and cheek but also scary and dark.It is the mother of all modern-day, MTV-generation slashers: it single-handedly signalled the return of the slasher movie, and also single-handedly revitalized the sagging horror genre What is Scream all about then? A peaceful town in California turns into a bloodbath when a masked killer haunts the town. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), a young teenage girl, whose mother was killed a year before, becomes the target of the mask killer! Her boyfriend Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) becomes the main suspect along with Sidney’s father. Local Tabloid News Reporter Gail Weathers (Courtney C0x) and Woodsbroro’s Deputy Dwight “Dewey” Riley (David Arquette) investigate and try to figure out who the killer is and if it’s the same person who killed Sid’s mom the year before!
A large part of “Scream’s” massive success had to deal with its open acknowledgement of its source material, lending the movie a level of self-awareness that had never been done before in horror.The closest horror movies I can probably think of before then might have been “The Lost Boys” (1987), or maybe even “An American Werewolf in London” (1981). The movie also represented a marriage of old and new: horror maestro Wes Craven, the man behind the camera of this wildly inventive slasher, was a seasoned professional in the horror genre at the time, yet his career at the point up until “Scream” seemed seriously lagging – despite the mild success of the reality-bending “New Nightmare” in 1994. Enter into the picture newbie screenwriter Kevin Williamson, whose inspired script for “Scream” took the lessons of past slasher flicks and injected a hip, knowing, mid-1990s cynicism and self-consciousness into the material that didn’t ride the fine line into camp territory: the kids in this movie spoke and acted like they *knew* they were in a horror film. Together, these two gave us horror movie heaven – “Scream.”Despite the over-riding sense of self-knowing and movie referencing humour, “Scream” is still edge-of-your-seat entertainment of the first order. It’s a ludicrous premise that in theory should not work, but it does: the movie is still pretty damn scary in addition to being gruesomely bloody and gory, even though all the characters are keenly aware of the “facts” of horror movies yet still knowingly break the rules established by the three godfathers of the slasher genre – the aforementioned “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Halloween” (1978), and “Friday the 13th” (1980).
The film’s plot is deceptively simple: Somebody is taking their love of scary movies too far, and they’re making a killing. The classic opening double-murder sequence featuring Drew Barrymore sets the tone for the rest of the movie, and that is a non-stop roller coaster ride of thrills,
chills, and laughs. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell),leads an all-star cast of a slasher movie that also doubles as a brilliantly thrilling whodunit.I’ve seen “Scream” countless times over the years.I got into it around ’99 or 2000, three or four years after the fact, but I loved it from the opening moments. Upon a refresher viewing today recently, I realize “Scream” has not lost of any its impact. But because “Scream” was the movie that revitalized the horror and slasher genres in a single dose, it didn’t take long for imitators to follow its self-knowing, movie-referencing satirical formula, and some of those imitators include its three sequels (released in 1997, 2000, and 2011). And how about those slasher movie parodies in the “Scary Movie” series? Isn’t it ironic that “Scream” was initially titled “Scary Movie”?. It was a formula that worked once and only once.Most famously, perhaps, “Scream” firmly established once and for all, the “rules” for surviving horror movies. Drum roll Randy:1) Sex = death,2) No drinking or doing drugs, and 3) Never say, “I’ll be right back” because you won’t be.18 years later, “Scream” is just as thrilling, entertaining, and funny as it was when I first saw it as an impressionable kid in 1999 or 2000. Wes Craven has always had a way for directing scary movies with lively and three-dimensional characters, but “Scream” carried the revered horror master and his chief screenwriter into mainstream blockbuster territory, three more times, even.