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Scream (1996)

Director – Wes Craven

Starring – Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich.

Due to the upcoming release of Scream 5 in 2022, I thought it was time to revisit this highly popular film in the horror/slasher genre. Growing up I was a huge fan of this franchise and adored the film's complex characters. Before revisiting Woodsboro, I was wondering, would I still have the same opinion for this film as I did back then? Would this film still hold up to horror standards in this day and age?

Following the recent death of two classmates, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) reflects on the brutal murder of her own mother. Due to her painful past, she closes herself off to boyfriend, Billy (Skeet Ulrich) leaving their relationship strained and uncertain. After Sidney is taunted and attacked by a mysterious masked killer, reporter Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox) and Deputy Dewey Reilly (David Arquette) team up to solve the identity of the killer and in doing so, unravel the truth behind Sidney’s mothers death a year prior.

When it was released in 1996, Scream proved to be a unique take on the horror/ slasher genre that mocked traditional tropes and horror rules. As movie geek Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) says “There’s a simple formula” for these types of movies to play out, and Scream ignored them. Wes Craven created something special when he and screen writer David Williamson teamed up. They gave us this new ‘who done it’ genre, making the audience question everything they were watching as any one of the characters could be the killer. It was an interesting concept that would have an influence on subsequent films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and Urban Legends (1998).

If you haven’t seen this slasher classic, I highly recommend that you do. It was a fresh idea brought to screen that would go on to impact the history of horror. I think it still holds up to its reputation, so I rate this movie an 8/10

Reviewed by Lynsey McLaughlin for Hellhound

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