Scream (1996) Movie Review



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1996 | R | Horror, Mystery
111 minutes /

User Score: 83/100

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Scream Review


A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

When Wes Craven‘s Scream (1996) hit theaters in 1996, no one knew just how much the movie would inspire others after it. This film is now considered a classic in the horror movie genre, with its immortalized serial killer mask and villains. This movie helped to revitalize the teen slasher genre that seemed to taper off in the early 90’s and start a whole new wave of horror movies.

Scream is about high school students who are being terrorized and murdered by serial killers. After the death of one of the students, many teenagers are scared that they might be next. One night, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) receives a threatening phone call and is attacked by a person in a masked costume. Luckily, Sidney can get away, but when her boyfriend Billy comes to her rescue, he drops a cell phone which leads Sidney to suspect that he was the attacker.

Billy is arrested, and Sidney is also feeling anxious, because as the murders are happening, she is remembering the murder of her mother. She reaches out to her friend Tatum and Tatum’s brother Dewey Riley (David Arquette), who is a deputy sheriff. They try to comfort Sidney in the wake of her attack.

To distract themselves from the murders, Sidney and Tatum go to a party thrown by Tatum’s boyfriend Stu. However, the party proves to be not a fun time, as the serial killers show up and start murdering people.

Scream is a movie that has you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout it. The film opens up with a memorable scene where a killer threatens Drew Barrymore while in her home. She is chased down and killed in a brutal fashion. Director Wes Craven throws that scene at the audience and the rest of the film moves forward in that suspenseful vein, as the murders keep occurring.

The movie does a great job of having you guess who the killer might be. When it is revealed, it is both shocking and scary as it proves to be people who appear to be quite normal. Sidney’s life is thrown into turmoil as she realizes that the people she trusted are not who they appear to be. She is left to pick up the pieces of her life and try to move forward.

Wes Craven is the master of horror with a long career of movies that have become classics in their own right. Scream is definitely one of those movies that will always be mentioned in years to come.

About Scream 1996

Title: Scream
Original Title: Scary Movie
Year: 1996
Runtime: 111 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.15/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, Roger Jackson, Wes Craven, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Kennedy, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Linda Blair, Cabran E. Chamberlain, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, Lynn McRee, W. Earl Brown, Joseph Whipp, Lisa Beach, Kevin Patrick Walls, C.W. Morgan, Frances Lee McCain, Angela Miller, Skeet Ulrich, Lawrence Hecht, Lisa Canning, Matt McDonald, Tony Kilbert, Kurtis Bedford, David Booth, Carla Hatley, Troy Bishop, Carter Raff
Writers: Kevin Williamson
Director: Wes Craven