Scream (1996)

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    Scream is a 1996 American slasher film[5] directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. The film stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore. Released on December 20, it follows the character of Sidney Prescott (Campbell), a high school student in the fictional town of Woodsboro, California, who becomes the target of a mysterious killer in a Halloween costume known as Ghostface. The film combines black comedy and "whodunit" mystery with the violence of the slasher genre to satirize the clichés of the horror movie genre popularized in films such as Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980) and Craven's own A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Scream was considered unique at the time of its release for featuring characters who were aware of real-world horror films and openly discussed the clichés that the film attempted to subvert.

    Inspired by the real-life case of the Gainesville Ripper, Scream was influenced by Williamson's passion for horror films, especially Halloween (1978). The script, originally titled Scary Movie, was bought by Dimension Films and was retitled by the Weinstein Brothers just before filming was complete. The production faced censorship issues with the Motion Picture Association of America and obstacles from locals while filming on location. The film received positive reviews and was a financial success, earning $173 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing slasher film until the release of Halloween (2018). It still remains the highest-grossing slasher film in adjusted dollars. It received several awards and award nominations. The soundtrack by Marco Beltrami was also acclaimed, and was cited as "[one] of the most intriguing horror scores composed in years".[6] It has since earned "cult status".[7] Scream marked a change in the genre as it cast already-established and successful actors, which was considered to have helped it find a wider audience, including a significant female viewership.

    Scream was credited with revitalizing the horror genre in the 1990s, which was considered to be almost dead following an influx of direct-to-video titles and numerous sequels to established horror franchises of the 1970s and 1980s. These sequels drew decreasing financial and critical success, as they exploited clichés upon which films in the genre had become reliant. Scream's success spawned a series of sequels, though only Scream 2, released in 1997, achieved a level of commercial and critical success equal to the original film. In the years following the release of Scream, the film was accused of inspiring and even inducing violent crimes and murders.


    I'm surprised this film was never a movie of the day. It's a great flick. It was an important film for the horror genre and one of the few in the genre I actually like.

    I rewatched it for the first time since watching it on vhs back in '97. It had been so long I forgot who the killer was! My wife and I were newlyweds with a child and very little money back in the day and renting movies from blockbuster once a week was our primary form of entertainment, so it's very nostalgic to revisit movies from this time period.

    I was excited to hear the song from Peaky Blinders!
     
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    Def one I enjoyed
     
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    oh horror is by far the worst and most uncreative genre, but this movie was awesome and something new. Just real refreshing

    I remember Drew Barrymore being cast and promoting the hell out of it as “the star” of the movie and being killed off minutes in.

    just smart funny and original.
     
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    Yeah, killing Barrymore was so original. This is still a great film after all these years. I can't remember whether I liked the sequels so I'll probably stay away.
     
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    Actually I liked all 4 movies from this franchise although Scream 3 is the weakest of the group (for me). Sure, they fall short of the original but I think they come closer to the mark than any horror sequels that come to mind. Unless you call Tremors "horror", in which case I'd put Tremors 2 higher on my list of horror sequels.
     
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    Interesting. I don't remember if I watched them and if so it was prior to when I started logging my movies, so i don't know. Perhaps I'll give them a shot.
     
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    Really? I thought Scream 2 was godawful. And I liked 3. I don't think I've ever seen 4.
     
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    Well, perhaps I'm misremembering which is which but I thought less of whichever Scream it was that involved a movie within the movie. It was okay, just weaker than the others for my tastes. But I watched Scream 2, 3 and 4 one after the other when 4 first came out so I didn't have the burden of watching any of the sequels with the original fresh in my mind.
     
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    Yeah it would be interesting to binge them and see how they hold up after the original, but that's 8 hours of Scream. I'm not sure it's worth it.
     
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    You're probably right but I'm considering giving it a try anyway. I'm also curious how well the original will hold up for me.
     
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    More power to you, I'm definitely interested in what you come up with.

    In the meantime, I'll be spending 16 hours binging the Director's Cuts of Lord of the Rings. :)
     
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    We re-watch the theatrical version of those movies every year but an extra 6.5 hours? That's a level of patience I do not possess.
     
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    It’s such a difference, let me tell you.
     
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