Scream ★★★★★

"Please don’t kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I wanna be in the sequel!"

Scream, one of my first true horror movie loves. It has everything I could want a badass, messy Final Girl, endless commentary and references to other horror films, a fun but tense atmosphere, and some of the most endless quotable dialogue on the other side of Mean Girls. But on this rewatch, I just really appreciated how well planted and developed the big reveal was for Billy and Stu. Throughout the film there are small and mostly innocuous moments that plant the seeds for that magnificent payoff, just from the subtle dialogue to just the way they stare at each other. It is its own type of delightful to see their murderous web form. Which it all comes together in one of my favorite third act confrontations where it is obviously over the top, but in a way that feels consistent with the logic of the universe, as both Billy and Stu dial themselves up to a 20, where Billy's mask is truly off concerning his vindictive rage and that now, at the very end, the joke is finally on Stu as he unravels under the weight of his actions. They may themselves be characters in a movie, but their reality comes at them Fast. Ugh, Scream, much like Sydney Prescott herself, remains That Bitch!

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