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.'
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…
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.