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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. Written by
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There's more than a few reasons to hate `Scream'; the main reason would be
that the film single-handedly resurrected the teen-slasher genre, a movie
category that had long been beaten to death. Because of the success of
`Scream', witless horror crap like `I Know What You Did Last Summer' and
`Urban Legend' got greenlighted, half the teenage casts of various WB
television shows got summer acting jobs, and some awful scripts that
should've been left dead and buried `Teaching Mrs. Tingle' got to see the
light of day. `Scream' is responsible for a lot of garbage. But the truth
of the matter is, `Scream' is also a phenomenal movie.
The plot of `Scream' is very simple: a masked knife-wielding maniac is busy
stalking the students of High, killing them off one by one. The killer's
inordinately obsessed with one girl, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), who of
course gets involved in the quest to unmask the killer. The catch (in case
you don't already know it), though, is brilliant. Everyone in the film is
familiar with all the slasher film conventions. They know that you
shouldn't walk in the woods alone at night. They know that having wild sex
is an unwritten invitation to be hacked to pieces. They know not to say
things to each other like `I'm going outside for a cigarette; I'll be right
back.' -- such statements are virtual death warrants. One of the best
examples (and best characters) of this is Randy (Jamie Kennedy), the
film-obsessed nut of the film, who actually goes so far as to muse what
`real' actors and actresses should play the other characters in the film,
going so far as to joke about who gets to be Tori Spelling. All the dumb
conventions of slasher films are pulled out of the shadows, exposed for what
they really are . . . and then, some of them get used anyway, because the
characters willingly choose to ignore those conventions. Some cliches are
thrown away, while others are embraced. `Scream' really turned the
horror/slasher film genre on its ear, becoming the first truly suspenseful
and exciting slasher film in many, many years simply because it suddenly had
a million new avenues to explore. The film's self-awareness allowed to move
in brand-new directions . . . and suddenly, scenes that used to be
predictable in other slasher films suddenly become incredibly intense in
Director Wes Craven was perfect for this film -- as director of slasher
classics like `Nightmare On Elm Street', he easily sets the visual feels and
style of film to perfect evoke all the slasher films of yore . . . and then,
much like `Scream's' script, chooses to either faithfully follow the tried
and true, or to go off in competely unexpected directions. Either way,
Craven manages to create a lot of absolutely nail-biting, thrilling scenes.
He also doesn't hold back with the gore, which is always a plus in great
slasher films. The acting ranges from barely mediocre to good -- Neve
Campbell's okay as Sidney; Courtney Cox is pretty good as tart-tongued
reporter Gail Weathers; Jamie Kennedy rules as Randy the film geek; and
David Arquette is utterly bland and forgettable as Deputy Dewey Riley, the
sad-sack policeman. But casts in slasher films don't particularly matter
anyway; the good ones are all about suspense, terror, and gore. And in
`Scream', Wes Craven provides massive amounts of all three of those
The irony is, `Scream' spawned dozens of imitators, and by spawning
imitators, all the new avenues opened up by `Scream' quickly got old and
boring once more. Still, purely on its own merit, it's an excellent film.
The best slasher film of all time is still John Carpenter's `Halloween',
without question, but `Scream' actually runs a close second. It's well
worth watching. Grade: A-
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