A 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
Wes Craven initially turned down the film. He was already busy developing a remake of The Haunting (1963) and was considering distancing himself from the horror genre. He was growing weary of the inherent misogyny and violence. He signed on to direct after Drew Barrymore agreed to appear in the film. See more »
(at around 36 mins) Reflected in the door window when leaving the police station. See more »
A video version released in late 1997 includes some of the cut footage. There is also a boxed set with the widescreen version, as well as a widescreen version with commentary that does not include the extra footage. See more »
Scary, funny and clever the best Scream movie by miles
Almost a year after someone raped and killed Sidney Prescott's mother in the small town of Woodsboro, someone is killing teenagers. When Sidney herself becomes a target, the link is apparent and her missing father is a suspect. However, as with all good scary movies, everyone is a suspect.
The film that sparked the revival of horror movies (Halloween H2O, I know what you did last summer, Urban Legend etc all followed ..thanks a lot!). This stands out from all those (and it's lackluster sequels) by being really good and clever. The story is nothing more than the standard slasher plot but it avoids the cliches quite well. In fact it uses the cliches as references and makes plenty of jokey references to other movies and the supposed rules of horror movies we even have a quick flash of a caretaker dressed in Freddy's jumper and hat!
That doesn't mean it's not scary it is! From the tragically horrible opening 10 minutes through each gory killing the tension is high and the shocks are real. The plot twists nicely and the ending is much better than most slasher movies (including the absurd endings of 2 and 3). This manages to be fresh, clever and scary getting by any sticking moments with it's tongue in it's cheek.
The cats are good Campbell is a believable virgin, scarred by what happened to her mother before she starts turning into Buffy the vampire slayer in parts 2 and 3. Cox is excellent playing against type and David Arquette is funny as the Deputy Sheriff. Kennedy as Randy is also funny as the movie geek in fact he remains the highlight of the next 2 films. The cast being filled of up and coming faces (including Ulrich) makes it even more thrilling when the `wrong' people get killed, technically all the cast are `unknowns' who usually make up the body count, so really anyone can potentially get offed.
Overall funny black comedy, scary thrills and gory excitement. A rare treat a really good teen horror movie
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