SCREAM is a self-reflexive compendium of every teen slasher movie
cliché that works as both a top-notch example of that genre as well as
a sharp sendup. Smartly written by Kevin Williamson and directed with
the usual manic energy by slasher-flick king Wes Craven (NIGHTMARE ON
SCREAM stars Neve
Campbell, then a minor TV
star on the low-rated Party
would ride SCREAM and its sequels to a fairly successful, if
shortlived, career in mainstream dramas and comedies. She
for a vulnerable
yet resourceful slasher flick heroine, one you want to root
worthy successor to
HALLOWEEN's Jamie Lee Curtis. Another TV star, Courteney Cox
equally excellent as a shallow and ambitious reporter investigating the
series of horrible murders surrounding Campbell's character.
rest of the cast is also well chosen. There's the
Arquette, amusing as the inevitably inept small town cop with the
unfortunate nickname of Dewey, the bouncy Rose McGowan as Dewey's
sister, and the goofy Jamie Kennedy as geeky video store worker who can
all the unbreakable rules of the slasher genre. The twist on
slasher flick comes from the fact that the killer,
the victims and the audience are well aware of the genre's
conventions, which allows the film to freely play with and off of
The slasher flick may be one of the lowest forms of movie entertainment, but SCREAM, along with the original HALLOWEEN (which is seen on TV in the final of SCREAM) stand above the rest by virtue of their being so well executed. Lots of blood, lots of running around and screaming, lots of in-jokes. Followed by two fun but lesser sequels. ½ - JB
ADD ANOTHER QUOTE AND MAKE IT A GALLON
"What's your favorite scary movie?"
"Oh, come on, you know I don't watch that sh*t."
"Why not? Too scared?"
"No, no, it's just --- what's the point? They're all the same. Some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can't act who's always running up the stairs when she should be going out the front door. It's insulting."