Most horror movies these days are either remakes, sequels or movies made solely to cash in on the Halloween-Scary-Movie craze every year. Scream is an original story with a vibe of excitement and reverence for the history of the horror genre and it’s hard not to start feeding off of that vibe.
Scream is directed by the legend Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, whose love for the classics surfaces in the references to Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and more in the dialogue. While most movies these days, and even 17 years ago, were making the killer some unstoppable force, Williamson made the source of murder in Scream memorable with the way they behaved. He made them creepy, clever and someone you may find yourself liking by the end.
While I won’t give away who is responsible for the blood and mayhem of Scream I will say that they’re probably my favorite of any slasher film killer I’ve seen. Their phone calls, especially to their first victim, are just classic. They love terrorizing their victims emotionally just as much as they do physically. They’re much more interesting to watch than a quiet, superhuman Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. Their reveal at the end is just a perfectly executed moment.
While Neve Campbell plays a great protagonist in Sidney Prescott, her supporting cast gets more of my praise, especially Jamie Kennedy as Randy Meeks. When he discusses who the killer may be in the video-rental store while using past horror movies as reasoning, I am hooked the entire time. Kennedy’s acting in this scene is so entertaining and is topped off with his yelling, “Everyone is a suspect!” in the middle of the store.
I demand that you watch this movie for Halloween.
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