In 1996, the slasher film “Scream,” which was directed by Wes Craven, was released. Whereas lots of slasher films feature B list casts and uneven production standards, “Scream” boasted a first-rate cast and superb story-telling. Hence, it was a very popular film and was followed by several sequels. The original movie is one of Craven’s best known films.
While it seems to open with a very conventional, unoriginal teen horror movie introduction, the legendary twist in the scene of the pretty girl at home alone captures the audience’s attention and holds it for the entire movie. “Scream” stars Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, a high school student whose mother was murdered a year earlier. Her school is in the media because two students were brutally murdered. One of Sidney’s friends is Tatum (played by Rose McGowan), whose brother, Dewey (played by David Arquette) is one of the cops investigating the murders.
“Scream’s” characters know so much about horror films, most of them could win a trivia contest on the subject. These jaded teenagers slowly discover that a real murderer is at work in their bucolic suburb. One of the reasons the movie works so well is there are a lot of in-jokes and references to horror films familiar to the audience. In one scene, Linda Blair, best known for her role in “The Exorcist,” makes a cameo.
Neve Campbell is excellent as Sidney. She makes her character likeable and easy to feel sympathy for. Also memorable is Drew Barrymore in a supporting role. Henry Winkler is also good as the school principal.
All in all, “Scream” is one of the best horror films of the 1990s. It is a good choice to watch at Halloween time.
The killer is the film wears a Ghostface costume, which is a Halloween costume. Details can be found here.