A year after her mother's death, Sidney 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: What's your favorite scary movie? Along with much scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro.Written by
Even though Williamson wrote the script; Ghostface is a very Craven-esque horror villain. One who is sexually active; who verbally taunts and terrorizes their victims; and one who has a complex role in the story; starting out as victim and becoming villain; and back and forth. You can see this in Last House on The Left; Hills Have Eyes; Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. These verbal, sexual, somewhat complex horror villains all have the same Craven through-lines. This is very different from the silent stalkers that John Carpenter paints; the very human bad guys with their body horror that Cronenburg paints, and very different from the monstrous, otherworldly freaks that Tobe Hooper paints. See more »
(at around 29 mins) When Sidney is attacked in her home, she kicks Ghostface before he can stab her, tries to open the front door, and then proceeds up the stairs. Ghostface chases her up the stairs and, if you listen closely, you can hear a voice saying "Easy! Easy!" See more »
The US LaserDisc version contains the director's cut with ca. 20 seconds of restored footage that was originally cut to avoid being slapped with the NC-17 by the MPAA. It also has commentary by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. In the commentary, Craven notes five places where his cut differs from the theatrical release:
Steve's guts are shown pouring out of him as Casey looks on. In the released version, the very last few moments of this are shown.
Casey hanging from the tree was time compressed in the film release (it is at normal speed here).
When Tatum meets her death by garage door, her head is shown, very briefly being flattened.
After Kenny the cameraman's throat is cut, he stares at the blood on his hand after touching his neck, and then looks up at the killer.
Billy clearly loses control as he delivers his final cuts to Stuart.
After Billy and Stuart have finished stabbing each other, there is a shot of Stu's hand dripping blood into a puddle, with Sidney's father looking on.
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Horror legend, Wes Craven, wanted to mix a traditional slasher film, with a who done it mystery, while at the same time parading both. The result is Scream, which turned into a much bigger film and franchise than he expected. He wanted to do this sort of under the radar, with a cast of virtual unknowns, but due to its uniqueness, the movie quickly gained popularity and today is considered one of the best horror movies of all time. The cast are all household names now and the ending of this film is legendary. Twists, turns, paranoia, accusations, one liners, and good looking people is what Scream is all about. The story is a great one, the cast is solid, and when it comes to writer/directors, you can't get much better than Wes Craven. The original Scream is one that should be on your must see list!
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