Director Wes Craven’s intelligent reinvention of the slasher genre sees a sick maniac on the loose in a small suburban town, murdering anyone who gets horror trivia questions wrong.
An anonymous caller threatens the lives of high school cutie Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) and her boyfriend unless she can answer such questions as “Who was the killer in Friday the 13th?”
Like everyone else in Scream, Casey has seen most of the classic slasher movies: Halloween (1978), Prom Night (1980), and so on, but only the most hard-core horror fans have a chance to live here and even that’s not always enough.
Gleefully exploring the relationship between gore movies and their core audience, this terrific shocker exposes the genre’s knee-jerk devices, while still offering gasps galore – and a genuinely surprising dénouement.
The main story concerns the efforts of virginal heroine Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) to survive the attacks of a slasher film fanatic with a ghost mask and a very sharp knife.
Only the timely help of dirt-seeking news reporter Gail Weathers (Courteney Cox) is enough to save Sidney, who is shocked to discover that her enemy is really a pair of close male friends (including her sometimes boyfriend) who seem to get off on the fact that they kill without reason.
Kevin Williamson’s elaborate script subversively keeps things scary even when the sinister events are at their funniest.
Scream took the United States by storm, bringing in over $103 million at the box office and kicking off a new wave of hip and reflexive slasher movies.
Deputy Dwight “Dewey” Riley
Roger L Jackson
Fred, the janitor