Saturday, October 31, 2015

Film Review: Scream (1996)

Scream (Review)
United States/1996
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No
*A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review!

"From its iconic introduction to its twisted ending, from its smart writing to its excellent direction, Scream is cemented as a horror classic for a reason."

A small town is rattled by a string of vicious murders, and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends are next on the list...

Scream is a clever slasher horror film. The story follows Sidney Prescott, a high school student, after the murder of a fellow classmate. Soon after said murder, Sidney finds herself in the crosshairs of the vicious serial killer. Even more unfortunate, she finds she can't trust her boyfriend or anyone for that matter due to the circumstance. Although iconic and mostly likely viewed by most horror fans by today, this is a film where you should go in blind for you initial viewing. With that said, the film leads to a twisted finale — there are a few minor issues, but it is unforgettable.

Scream is an unforgettable film, really. Scream takes everything you love from slashers and turns it on its head. For me, the film reinvents the genre while respectfully satirizing it. The suspense is excellently crafted, always keeping you on your toes until the dreadful climax — and I mean dreadful in a good way. The mystery is very effective, offering many different pieces and hints throughout the narrative to tease at the ending, but never giving you too much. The humor blends seamlessly with the film, poking fun at the genre and its cliché characters. I laughed more during Scream than most horror movie spoofs. The horror movie trivia was also splendid, especially for hardcore horror fans. The dialogue is rich. It's really the complete package.

The cast is also wonderful. Neve Campbell nails her performance in the leading role. David Arquette, Matthew Lillard and Jamie Kennedy are also great in their supporting roles. The cast is all-around energetic-but-grounded. The film is shot beautifully, I loved the camerawork. The music felt ill-fitted during one particular scene, but it's otherwise superb. The film is written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. Craven and Williamson work well in creating a spectacular slasher. The writing is smart and witty, while the direction crafts excellent scenes of dread and suspense.

Overall, Scream is a masterpiece. From its iconic introduction to its twisted ending, from its smart writing to its excellent direction, Scream is cemented as a horror classic for a reason. It's a must-watch film for any fan of the genre. If you haven't watched it yet, go in blind and enjoy the show. You won't regret it.

Score: 10/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood, some sex.

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