Scream ★★★½

So how does it feel to be almost brutally butchered. People want to know. They have a right to know.

#13 of 31 days of Halloween

As a postmodernist, self-aware deconstruction of the slasher sub-genre, Scream sings. It's opening scene is masterfully crafted: a perfect balance of tension and referential comedy. And, though the narrative that follows this perfect prologue doesn't ever reach the heights promised in its opening, Scream manages to feel fresh and witty twenty-one years on. Time has certainly dulled some of its edge - after all, slashers aren't as popular as they were in the period between the eighties and the mid nineties - but it's still an incredibly enjoyable mixture of comedy and horror. I give Scream a 3.5/5.

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