Scream (1996)

Scream is a movie that all slasher films should try to emulate.  The characters are likeable, tension builds nicely, doesn’t rely on jump scares and loud noises, and it does it all while being a satire of horor films.  Wes Craven is the master of suspense and bassicaly takes the genre of slasher horor movies and says, “look, this is how you make a good slasher film.”

The film stars Neve Campbell as Sydnee Prescott, a high school student in the town of Woodsboro.  Over the course of the film we learned that Sydnee’s mother was raped and murdered one year before the movie takes place.  The event isn’t just mentioned once and then forgoten about, it keeps making its way into the story.  For example, because of the rape and murder of her mother, Sydnee is very uptight about her viginity which is another pleasent change from other horor films where the characters are always having sex. 

Courtney Cox plays Gale Weathers, a news reporter that wrote a book on the events of Sydnee’s Mother, creating tension between Sydnee and Gale.  The film casts David Arquette as Deputy Dewey, a kind hearted law official who is friends with Sydnee.  A sub-plot of the film is the relationship between Dewey and Gale, Gale using Dewey to get closer to the crim sceenes, for example the school after an attempted Ghost Face attack on Sydnee, and Dewey actually falling for Gale.  The  two eventualy end up together in the film.

Scream falls under the “Who is the killer” genre, with everyone being a suspect.  The film takes it self seriously and at the same time as an underlying sarcastic tone.  The characters realize the “rules” of horror movies, with Randy(Jamie Kennedy) being the expert on them.  He lays out the rules, such as everyone being a suspect.

 

SPOILERS

My favorite sceene is near the begining, Billy(Skeet Ulrich), Sydnee’s boyfriend, sneeks in through her window and they are having a tender moment.  In the background an acoustic cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper.  While it sounds nice in the background it’s eerie when you realize the lyrics are informing you to not fear death basicaly.  Shortly after this sceene Sydnee is attack by Ghost Face for the first time.  But what I really like about this sceene is in the end Billy turns out to be one of the two killers.  It’s so awesome, words can not describe hoe much I love this sceene

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This is a great horror movie that any horror fan should see.  Wes Craven does a wonderful job with this film and I recomend you go and watch it.

One thought on “Scream (1996)

  1. You do a good job with the plot of this movie. I’d still like you to discuss more of the filmmaking techniques. How did Craven create so many scares?

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