Scream

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Released 1996

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Director:
Wes Craven
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Scream is the 1996 horror sensation that defined post modern horror for the new century, combining terrifying scares with rapier wit and humor, from famed horror maestro Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and red hot screenwriter Kevin Williamson (The Faculty, Dawson's Creek, The Vampire Diaries). In the now infamous opening scene, a besieged country girl is stalked and quizzed by a masked killer that's highly knowledgeable about horror movies and succeeds in killing her, setting off the start of a chain of horror-movie related deaths that seem to revolve around young Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), who lost her mother in horrible murder one year before. Thinking she fingered the killer, she is shocked to discover that her alleged stalker knows details about the case ' meaning she possibly fingered the wrong man and that the killer is still out there and after her! With the help of the authorities, her friends and a tenacious tabloid journalist, Sidney tries to unmask the killer's identity, aided by what they know of horror movies and their conventions.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It's sensational in both senses of the word: a bravura, provocative sendup of horror pictures that's also scary and gruesome yet too swift-moving to lapse into morbidity.

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Wes Craven (of the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' films) is in the mood for parody.

  • 50

    Variety

    Though the material is more intelligent than the norm and has an unusual third-act twist, it also employs some very clunky stereotypes.

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Comedy, Drama, Horror, Suspense

Themes

Satire, Slashers, Teen Terror