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It going to be a scream, Baby!
Member Name: Silent Bob
Date: 03/08/00, updated on 03/08/00 (17 review reads)
Advantages: Superbly written
Scream put horror back into the headlines, reinventing the genre as a hip and cool thing to be in. Soon all horrors where copying the style, the murder before the credits type scream thing.
Wes Craven directs superbly and the script by Kevin Williamson is brilliant. This is by fat the best in the trilogy but im looking forward to the four disk DVD box set, with the extra disk including a cutting room feature, so you can make your own version of scenes.
The basic plot is that a (very old looking) school girl, Sidney Presscot (Neve Campbell) becomes the target of a killer who has stalked and killed two of her classmates. A tabloid news reporter (Courtney Cox) is determined to uncover the truth, insisting that the man who raped and killed Campbell's mother one year earlier is the same man who is terrorizing her now. Sidney's boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ulrich) becomes the prime suspect when he is caught at her house with a mobile phone after the killer has attacked her.
Movies that take a silly plot serious doesn't work. `Scream' is always laughing of its own plot. In the middle of the movie Randy tell us the rules of his own movie. People talk about a horror movie and right after it, Tatoon appears dressed like the movie character. The parody doesn't end here, during all the movie Kevin Williamson comes with more sarcasm.
This film works and the cast are good, Lillard is perfect as Stu, The cameos and nods at other films work well (the Carpenter style shot at the part where they are in the shop when Dewey has an ia cream is excellent). Overall its a film at the top of its class - and Randy is king. There are so many in jokes and nods there are some of them:-
Linda 'The Exorcist' Blair as the reporter who says "the people demand to know the truth."
Billy's surname, Loomis, is the same as that of Donald Pleasance's character in Halloween, which in turn was the name of Marion Crane&
#39;s lover in Psycho (1960).
When Casey answers a question that the killer asks, she answers just like Rachel in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988): "It's Michael... Michael Myers!" in the same tone of voice.
Casey claims that all of the sequels to Nightmare on Elm Street "sucked". Craven had sold the rights to sequels before the film was a success and disliked many of the sequels.
When Casey's parents come home and see that something is wrong, her father says to her mother, "Go down the street to the Mackenzies' house..." which is a quote from Halloween.
The school janitor Fred (played by Craven) can be seen wearing Freddy Krueger's outfit from A Nightmare on Elm Street.
There is also and unrated Directors cut available on DVD from America or Japan. The added scenes in these are:-
Steve's guts pour out of him as Casey looks on.
Casey hanging from the tree was time compressed in the film release (it is at normal speed here).
When Tatum meets her death by garage door, her head is flattened.
After Kenny the cameraman's throat is cut, he looks up at his killer. This was cut by the MPAA for looking too real, but Craven didnt agree thinking it showed the right reaction.
Billy clearly loses control as he delivers his final cuts to Stuart.
After Billy and Stuart have finished stabbing each other, there is a shot of Stu's hand dripping blood into a puddle, with Sydney's father looking on.
If you love horror you must see Scream.