A to Z Challenge 2015 - Day 19 - Scream


S Is For Scream



Preamble: I love scary movies and I love parodies so I was bound to fall utterly and hopelessly in love with this franchise. I also happen to be a huge fan of Wes Craven. The original Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the movies I consider to be seminal in film education.

Wes Craven is the man. There are only a few movies he's ever been involved with that I don't love. But ever since I was a small child and wanted to be scared or scare my friends, I would pop in one of his many films to get the job done.
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Year: 1996

Rated: R

Summary - The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody...

Director: Wes Craven

Written by: Kevin Williamson

Starring:
  • Neve Campbell
  • Courteney Cox
  • David Arquette
  • Matthew Lillard
  • Rose McGowan
  • Skeet Ulrich
  • Jamie Kennedy
  • Drew Barrymore

The Review
I honestly believe that to say this film and it's sequel (note NOT sequels)in one fell swoop saved the horror genre and especially the teen horror sub genre is not an exaggeration at all. The story draws you in keeps you guessing.

Scream puts every horror rule ever made in your face and then breaks them. It's a tongue and cheek horror film with some laughs but a hell of lot more scares and blood. It's packed with lots of turns and drama. Wes Craven is a great story teller with how he tells the camera move, It is so slow well pasted that its very creepy. You just sit back and watch it unfold. The last 20 minutes of this movie is filled with great surprise. You wont see any of this coming I promise you that.

Scream is a very important film to horror, and the history of horror, and it is one of my favorite films. It paved the way for so many. Scream is a great movie with a really clever storyline, a good twist and a great cast.

If you have not seen this film you really should, not only for the story but for the way Wes Craven crafted the look and feel of this story. This was his magnum opus and it was intended to be the great American horror story and I definitely think he achieved his vision.

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Grade: A+

Aces for Acting
  • David Arquette

    MVP
    • Courtney Cox

    Favorite Character
    • Randy

    Best Character Interactions
    • Sidney and Gale

    Best Scene
    Randy: There are certain RULES that one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie. For instance, number one: you can never have sex.
    [crowd boos]
    Randy: BIG NO NO! BIG NO NO! Sex equals death, okay? Number two: you can never drink or do drugs.
    [crowd cheers and raises their bottles]
    Randy: The sin factor! It's a sin. It's an extension of number one. And number three: never, ever, ever under any circumstances say, "I'll be right back." Because you won't be back.
    Stu: I'm gettin' another beer, you want one?
    Randy: Yeah, sure.
    Stu: I'll be right back.
    [crowd cheers]
    Randy: See, you push the laws and you end up dead. Okay, I'll see you in the kitchen with a knife.

    Notable Quotable
    • Tatum: No, please don't kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I wanna be in the sequel!

    Most Memorable Moment
    Phone Voice: Do you like scary movies?
    Sidney Prescott: What's the point? They're all the same. Some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can't act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door. It's insulting.
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    Did I whet your appetite to watch Scream for the first time or maybe just the first time in a long time?

    Be sure to come back tomorrow because I'm discussing Terminator.

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