Scream ★★★★★

In 1996, Wes Craven made a comeback, and has directed one of the world’s acclaimed and successful horror films in history. Scream is a classic in its own time. And now, to this day, it is still iconic, clever, scary, funny, and exciting by adding new and young fans of the series.

Scream is about a group of high school kids being terrorized and killed by a psychotic serial killer by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

I was wanting to do this review on yesterday, but I cut myself off from Letterboxd so I can be with the wife and friends. We were having fun camping and watch college football all day in one of our friend’s campers this weekend. So anyways, let’s talk about Scream. I remember seeing hearing about this movie when I was a kid, and I was too scared to watch it because of Ghostface. Fast forward to me being a high school graduate and becoming a horror film fanatic, I was looking all over to find this movie to watch it. But every time I see it in the $5 bin at Walmart, I refused to buy it because I wouldn’t have known if I liked it or not. But when me and my wife started dating, I saw it for sale on Halloween and I said “Screw it, let’s buy it and watch it!” So from start to finish, we both were scared and filled with laughter at the same time. Right then I knew this was a classic I should’ve watched a long time ago!

The acting from it’s cast is incredible! You got Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore, and they were all fantastic! Not one of these characters were unlikable and they were a lot of fun to watch and practically be around to solve this whodunnit mystery while being dropped like flies. Sidney Prescott is an awesome final girl! Compared to Nancy Thompson from A Nightmare on Elm Street, she’s struggling with the loss of her mother to a man who allegedly killed her, while trying to fight for survival against a psychotic killer who’s playing a deadly game with his victims. My personal favorite character is Randy Meeks, the geek who has feelings for Sidney, and is a horror film fanatic. He’s the guy who knows his stuff when it comes to horror flicks, he knows the clichés and the plots to every single horror film to define all of these gruesome murders. He calls it when he sees it!

Wes Craven might not be a favorite horror film director of mine, but I can’t deny that he knew how to scare people back when he was in his prime. When Hollywood was looking for the right director to take on this project, they approached to Craven on making it, but he turned it down twice, because he was busy wanting to do a remake of The Haunting. So when all else failed, they were looking at possible candidates like George A. Romero, Sam Raimi, and Robert Rodriguez. None of them got it because they all thought Scream was a comedy. But when production of The Haunting collapsed, Craven came back wanting to direct it. I don’t think those other directors would’ve made the film any better than how he directed it.

Kevin Williamson, the writer of Scream, was influenced by his love and passion for horror flicks. And the script was also inspired by and referenced Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, When a Stranger Calls, and Prom Night. This was his first script to be produced in Hollywood, and after the success of Scream, he wrote I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Faculty, and Cursed. Some of those weren’t that great, but I say they were worth a shot. His script was very clever and fresh to the age of horror in the ‘90s. Something that the world had never seen before. A horror film that can be both scary, clever, funny, and satirical at the same damn time! Thank you for writing a legendary film, Mr. Williamson!

Scream will always be a classic, and it will never ever get old! A lot of people that watched it in the ‘90s will never get tired of it, and a lot of young people, who didn’t watched it until it was on TV, or on Netflix, will never get tired of it and will save a special place in everyone’s hearts! If none of you haven’t seen Scream before, I encourage you people who haven’t seen it, go out and buy it! Or if you don’t like spending money, stream it!

I’m giving Scream 5 stars!

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