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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who lies behind the mask?
"Scream" was made in the face of declining audiences for horror: it reversed the trend and triggered a number of glitzy, glamorous, teenage slasher movies in which pretty young things ran around in an atmosphere of high tension, abundant gore, and (often) electrifying cleavage.
"Scream", however, was conceived as a self-parody of the genre - it is shot through...
Published on 26 July 2005 by Budge Burgess

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much horror, more sub standard slasher comedy
Wes craven wes craven, what road will you go down next. I am extremely honest when i state that this film is basically a comedy slasher, yes the openening is gory perhaps scary (hmm) etc but it just cant be taken seriosly and if were all honest, it doesnt want to be taken seriosly, which isnt a criticism. The killer for example is far from our standard smart killer, he...
Published on 31 Oct 2006 by Ben


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5.0 out of 5 stars Who lies behind the mask?, 26 July 2005
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Scream [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
"Scream" was made in the face of declining audiences for horror: it reversed the trend and triggered a number of glitzy, glamorous, teenage slasher movies in which pretty young things ran around in an atmosphere of high tension, abundant gore, and (often) electrifying cleavage.
"Scream", however, was conceived as a self-parody of the genre - it is shot through with its cast discussing what happens in horror movies and how to avoid becoming the next victim. Its sequels and its emulators have continued this theme.
Godard and Truffaut and the French directors of the 50's and 60's made conscious use of the role of the audience, forcing them to realise that they were watching a film: Wes Craven builds from this basic premise of audience sophistication to recognise that the viewer can be wholly conscious s/he is watching a film, but can still suspend disbelief and, in a horrifying situation, our fears and emotions can be learned via the cinema or television ... or at least pay reference to them. To this extend he makes a statement which parallels Cronenberg in emphasising precisely what impact cinema and television has on popular culture and personal expectation.
The decision to combine horror and comedy may have been a risky one. It's easy to laugh at bad horror, to mock the risible. To make your horror funny from the outset risks diluting it, risks saying that this is simply satire. The best satire twists the knife. And "Scream" pumps up the tension while it gets its laughs.
Neve Campbell plays Sydney, a young woman whose own mother has been brutally murdered. She is trying to get her life back together when two teenagers at her school are butchered. The killer phones them and taunts them before he kills them. She soon finds herself tormented by the killer, who wears a cloak and a Halloween mask modelled on the painting, 'The Scream'. Throughout, Sydney is pursued, not only by the killer, but by Courtney Cox, playing a rabidly determined television journalist keen to get her story and her name in lights.
It's an extraordinarily well directed and edited film, following a very good script, which allows the characters and tension to build ... while seeding the action with enough red herrings to sink a trawler. The characters are often designed as stereotypes, but their interaction and dialogue breathes life into them and engages your attention, keeping both the laughs and the rapid intakes of breath as random possibilities. You're never quite sure whether to relax and laugh ... or wait in case you're caught out by a ... .
Seriously good film, not to be taken too seriously, but to be seriously appreciated for the quality of its production. The DVD offers some excellent extras in terms of commentary and interviews - though it might be best to buy it as one of the packages, either in "The Wes Craven Collection" or "Scream Trilogy".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant combination of horror, pop culture, and humor, 7 Dec 2002
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scream [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Scream provided the horror genre with a significant shot in the arm when it was released in 1996. This movie was a whole bunch of horror films all rolled into one, yet it was also quite original and unlike what had come before. Along with the undeniable creepiness and suspenseful nature of the wonderfully complex plot, Scream brilliantly incorporated pop culture and humor. It paid homage to its antecedents, referring to 14 different horror movies of the past, incorporating scenes (and that powerful Carpenter music) from Halloween into the plot itself, citing the unspoken rules of horror movies, and sneaking in great cameo appearances by Linda Blair and "Fred" the janitor (played by Wes Craven himself).
The phone call from the killer gimmick works very well here, providing Scream with its own peculiar trademark. I certainly had no idea about the true identity of the killer at the end, and I was thrilled to discover all of the rich nuances fuelling the entire killing spree. Scream is not your typical slice and dice flick with an easily identifiable bad guy and a plot that serves no more purpose than to provide an excuse for killing people. Script writer Kevin Williamson is a veritable genius, a man whose love of horror movies fuels him to put together a story that will involve the audience's mind as well as its emotions. The manner of murders are refreshingly varied, partly because the masked killer is so doggone clumsy most of the time and has to rely on devices other than his shiny big knife. I found the suspense level of every important event almost perfect. The soundtrack also adds strength to the whole effect, featuring great tracks such as Don't Fear the Reaper and Red Right Hand (which was originally used in a classic X-Files episode).
Of course, even the best script will fail without a talented cast, and Scream is blessed with some of Hollywood's best performers. Neve Campbell is of course the perfect Sydney; Drew Barrymore is largely responsible for making Scream's opening scene one of the most memorable of all time; Courteney Cox is the perfect self-centered tabloid reporter; David Arquette is actually likeable for once in his role as the somewhat dim-witted deputy sheriff; Rose McGowan is the quintessential best friend (and a total knockout); Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard play their roles perfectly; and the character of Randy Meeks, the self-proclaimed horror expert, is one of my all-time favorites. Even the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, plays a part in the film. I don't think you could put together a better overall cast for a horror movie, and that is one of the real secrets of Scream's success.
No matter how many times I watch Scream, I never fail to get completely drawn into the suspense. The DVD makes the experience even better with its load of goodies-a number of trailers, Wes Craven's commentary, some behind the scenes footage, interviews with cast members about the movie and about horror in general, cast biographies, trivia information, etc.. One really interesting note about this film is revealed in the credits: this movie was made "No Thanks Whatsoever To: the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board" because the school board backed out of its decision to let part of the movie be shot at its local high school, citing the film's excessive violence. I believe this movie does what horror is supposed to do: draw out your own fears and negative emotions, transfer them to the screen, and send you away feeling invigorated, refreshed, and glad to be alive.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 21 Feb 2012
This review is from: Scream [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Scream is a great example of a true horror film. Written by a great writer and directed by a fantastic director Scream is a movie that will definatly have you screaming.

Although the film was released in 1996 it has not dated at all the fear of a psyco chasing you around your own house and killing all your friends is still and always will be a frightening thing.

Set in teh outskirts of North America it is a tale of a young girl with a tragic past which soon comes back to haunt her.

It is a definate 10/10 and 5 stars al teh way it is 1st class horror and will go down in history as being one of teh scaries and thrilling slasher horrors of the 1990s.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Slasher Classic, 10 July 2010
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Ms. L. J. Braisby "leigh" (Doncaster, South Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scream [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
The Slasher of the '90s.
A group of close friends in a small town are being victimised by a Halloween-esque character in a long black cape and creepy white Mask that resembles a screaming face. The madness all begins when a local girl recieves a phonecall "by accident" which leads to her and her Boyfriends gruesome murder.
Cut to Sydney, the main focus of the film who, waiting to go and stay over at her best Friends House, gets attacked and nearly meets her grizzly end at the hands of the Killer. The Killer hints to her that he also killed her Mother a year ago and it quickly becomes apparent to her that she wasn't just the Killers random-choice, that he's probably been stalking her for a long, long time. How could this person have chosen her and her Mother? Why have all Sydneys friends also become targets for the Maniac? Is he closer to home than Sydney thinks? Prepare for a scare as this genre-defining scary Movie works up to a dramatic, shocking and very, very Gory end (Movie Trivia: 50 gallons of Blood was used in the making of the Film!)
Scream shocked audiences the world over when it was first unleashed to Cinema, and continues to scare, even terrify on it's DVD release! Written and Directed by Wes Craven, who is responsible for other Horror Classics such as Nightmare of Elm Street, this is definitely one of his stand-out Horrors and has his signature-scare all over it!
I have loved this film for a long time, because the overall story is fantastic and well thought-through and even though it's in-line with all the other Slasher Movies out there, it is unique to them as well and certainly stands out. It's extremely well acted, with the stand-out characters definitely being Tatum (Rose McGowan), Billy (Skeet Ulrich), Stu (Matthew Lillard), Dewie (David Arquette) and Randy (Jamie Kennedy). The Film makes with a lot of Gore and the ending is dramatic, shocking, jumpy and will definitely have you shouting at the TV!
This is going to be a Classic for years to come!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The slasher film that started it all (again), 16 Sep 2013
This review is from: Scream [DVD] (DVD)
The `slasher' film, i.e. a killer stalking a selection of dippy American teenagers, had kind of gone out of fashion in the late eighties. Therefore, the early nineties were a barren place for masked nutjobs wielding knives. Then Scream came along.

It's about a young girl, seemingly destined to spend the entire film being stalked by a masked killer who despatches her peers in many different knife-related ways. Nothing particularly unusual there, but don't let the basic nature of the plot put you off. There is definitely more to this than meets the eye.

It not only revitalised the `slasher genre' but it also was the first of such films to poke fun at the whole genre in itself. If you've ever found yourself yelling at the `dumb blonde' on the screen to run the right way and not straight back into the serial killer's clutches then this is the film for you. It uses the horror clichés to the max and takes great pleasure in, not only pointing them out, but dispelling them.

However, Scream wasn't just hugely successful because it poked fun at the genre. It was also a damn good mystery. With other similar films, the killer was normally quite obvious, i.e. the big disfigured bloke in a mask, wielding a chainsaw. But in Scream, pretty much every character is a suspect. The only time you can really rule them out is when they end up the wrong end of the killer's knife.

If you love horror then you've probably already seen it. If you haven't... watch it now. The only downside you might find is that it was so successful that there were almost an infinite number of (nowhere near as good) copies. However, Scream is the original and BEST. It's fun, gory, well-written with great characters. What more could you want if you like scary movies?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece by Craven, 16 Mar 2008
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Craven's "Scream" is a masterpiece, it can't be denied. The intricate references to previous horror-movie greats is fantastic and Craven voices his thoughts on the horror genre throughout the film through the character Randy, a movie buff.
There are many plot twists and turns that make for edge-of-your-seat viewing. I loved this film and I highly recommend it to any horror fan. I also recommend you buy the soundtrack - it's awesome.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Say a prayer for the youth of America., 15 May 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scream [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Sidney Prescott becomes the next target of a maniacal killer who has already killed two kids from her school. As tabloid babe Gale Weathers gets involved, and starts to dig deeper, it becomes apparent that the killer may be connected to the man who raped and killed Sidney's mother. Could it be that the wrong man is in in prison for the crime? If so? Just who is responsible for this new rein of terror?

Scream opens with what has now become 10/12 minutes of classic horror folklore, where director Wes Carpenter sets out the marker for the reinvigoration of the genre synonymous with his name. What follows is a full blooded exciting picture that is laced with genre references and bona fide pinging humour. Teaming up with hipster screenwriter Kevin Williamson, Craven has assembled a roll call of stock teen-slasher characters, filled the roles out with a cast list reading like the young, pretty and the restless, and embraced the genre he loves while also subverting it. Clever clever stuff indeed.

Retaining its "mystery who done it" core throughout, red herrings and misdirections come and go, Scream is also a truly scary {and violent} picture. As it makes the knowing genre faithful laugh, it also makes them jump, squirm and shout at the screen. Particularly during the last, excellently constructed quarter when the terror ups on poor Sidney and the reveal induces cries of "what the hell". Subsequent revisits to Scream has you spotting all the little pointers in the story that you missed on the first viewing, but even knowing the reveal fails to dim Scream's lasting appeal. Also of note is that the cast get a chance to act, something that is a rarity in the sub-genre that Scream is the flag bearer for. Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy and Courtney Cox benefiting the most from the sly and adroitly written script. Craven's film spawned two sequels, the first is equally dazzling and watchable, the second not so. While it was also responsible for a cascade of imitators and comedy spoofs that would follow. None however have captured the essence, the nous or the style of Scream. It remains the daddy and the bench mark in an often maligned and rarely realised teen-slasher genre. 9/10
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars, 10 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Scream [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
Horror guru ,Wes Craven directs this unforgettable horror classic that gave new life to the horror genre. The first of (now to be) 4 films this so far is the best by a long shot. The Drew Barrymore sequence at the start is one of the greatest openings to a film in recent memory and is simply terrifying. The rest of the film is a black comedy which was original genius at that time from writer Kevin Williamson. Our heroine of the film is school student ,Sidney Prescott played very well by Neve Campbell. Courtney Cox, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy and Matthew Lillard also star, however it is David Arquette who steals the show as nerdy, nervous Deputy 'Dewey' Riley. The film is tremendous and raised the bar in horror and a new wave of slasher films were born, all of which fail in comparison to this modern great.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary!, 27 Mar 2013
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Did this for my media a level so had to buy the dvd. I personally wouldn't have bought it as i don't like scary films, but would recocmmend to anyone who does!
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