Love the part where Tommy Lee Jones looks dead into the camera and says "What are we, some kind of no country for old men?"
For everything that it is: brilliant. Launched a genre of a dozen or so 'hag horror' films as the Golden Age of Hollywood came to a close and the studio system died.
As a schlocky drive-in type movie? Entertaining as hell. Claustrophobic horror premise? Brilliantly tense. Commentary about the disposability of female actors in Hollywood, both in the studio system and ongoing, and how women are forced into competition with each other? Marvelous. Refracted through the meta lense of its…
The rumors are true: this is very creepy.
The atmospheric build is almost hypnotic, and there are some gorgeously scary shots in this. Deborah Kerr gives a very strong leading performance. Megs Jenkins (Mrs. Grose) gives a performance that beautifully enhances the uncertainty of everything going on. Michael Redgrave is in this at the very beginning as a would-be terrible alternative to Raising Helen.
The stars of the show are the child actors playing Miles (Martin Stephens, who was also…
"How do you do ma'am? My name is Del Griffith, I'm with the American Light and Fixture Company ~ Jewelry Division ~ and I've got the deal of a lifetime for you...This is your Diane Sawyer autographed earring."
Know your audience, speak so fast they can't get a word in edgewise - Jordan Belfort? "Sell me this pen"? Eat your heart out.
Generation 'If you could quote this movie on command you knew comedy. Were close friends with comedy. Were dating comedy - I swear she's real you guys, she's my old girlfriend from Oklahoma, she was gonna fly out here for the dance but she couldn't because she's doing some modeling right now.'
Referential in a way that never bogs down the flow of the movie or feels not uniquely its own, Scream still looks and feels as slick, vibrant, and electric as ever, even 25 years after its initial release. Killer performances from a knockout cast listing set the bar high for the back-end of a decade that would see an explosion in teen-centered horror.
Hell of an outing for Matthew Lillard, who's performance in this matches the jet black humor and batshit energy of his second-after-debut movie: John Water's Serial Mom.