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Scream

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox
Director: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror
Year: 1996
Rating: 3 / 5

The horror genre was a forgotten one when Scream burst onto the scene in 1996. Some may deny it now, but horror films were roundly laughed at and criticized. Then along came Scream, director Wes Craven's comeback film. What could possibly save horror movies? What if someone decided to give the viewers credit for being intelligent? Gasp! What is someone poked fun at all the typical horror movie conventions? Gasp! What if someone tried to make the viewer laugh as well as scream? Once more, gasp! Wes Craven does all these things in Scream, and the result is a film that has helped resuscitate a dying art form.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is a high school girl in the small town of Woodsboro, California. One year ago, her mother was brutally raped and murdered, with her killer (Liev Schreiber) sentenced to die. Still shaken by the murder, Sidney is distant and withdrawn, even from her devoted boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ulrich). When two of her classmates are murdered, nearly one year after the death of her mother, Sidney begins to fear a strange connection. The whole town is startled as well, and, when the new killer claims responsibility for the murder of Sidney's mother, old beliefs are called into question.

Terror-stricken by the possibilities, Sidney runs to her friend Tatum (Rose McGowan) for comfort. Before she can do that, though, the killer makes an attempt on Sidney's life. Suddenly, evidence begins mounting against Billy, and Sidney begins to question her relationship with him. But can it be that simple? After all, after Billy is taken in for questioning, Sidney receives another chilling phone call from the killer. Has she falsely accused her boyfriend of murder? And, in the case of her mother's murder, does an innocent man now sit on death row?

Wes Craven does an excellent job of poking fun at a great many of the cliches that he helped to make famous. Using actor Jamie Kennedy, Craven actually points out to the audience all of the typical horror film stereotypes, mocking them every step of the way. While it is a refreshingly witty horror film, it is merely a good movie overall. Most of the characters are downright cardboard, a horror stereotype that Craven does not bother to address. In fact, I found myself begging for the deaths of numerous main characters. Kudos, though, to Craven for an inspired conclusion, one which has been copied again and again since the release of Scream. All in all, Scream is an entertaining shocker, one which actually gives its fans credit for having more than a handful of brain cells. And that is something to Scream about!

Cast:

David Arquette..........Dewey Riley
Neve Campbell..........Sydney Prescott
Courtney Cox..........Gale Weathers
Jamie Kennedy..........Randy Meeks
Matthew Lillard..........Stuart Macher
Rose McGowan..........Tatum Riley
Liev Schreiber..........Cotton Weary
Skeet Ulrich..........Billy Loomis

Certification: Rated R for violence.
Running Time: 111 minutes.

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