Scream (1996)

IMDB: [R] A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Rating: [10] 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
Sure, this is a cult classic and you may know something about it or recognise Ghostface. However it’s quite possible that you may have missed actually watching this (now) 23-year-old film that starts a series and don’t really know the full story.  If you’re a fan of horror, thriller, classic stories, and some humor then you better watch Scream.

What I Love:
There’s so much that I could go on about. It’s a wonderful piece of film. And it really, just, well, there’s not much else like it. The writing balances humor, tropes, gore, thriller, teens, and more! I’ve seen it a few times, and I KEEP finding new little background lines and details that I adore.

With each watch, I really appreciate the acting at the climax and reveal. It feels raw. It’s a full performance holding nothing back. While much of it is supposed to feel cliche, the real moments go beyond. There’s also some good doses of reality that murder may not be quite as simple as many films make it out to be.

What I Didn’t Love:
Being over 20 years old, there are some things that are unintentionally dated. While I definitely think it holds up, it’s something inescapable as time passes.  BUT hearing someone say “cellular” about their phone gets a giggle from me every time because now it feels silly and awkward.

Everything. Just … everything.

“Do you like scary movies?”

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The killers are Stuart (Stu) and Billy (Sidney’s boyfriend.) They also killed Sidney’s mother the year before and framed Cotton.

Just how often Sidney (and others) injure Stu and Billy is great. Especially crotch-shots. Because in reality, struggling with another human isn’t as easy as it looks.

And HOLY hell, the reveal and performance is fantastic every time. Stu is nieve and unhinged, leaning on Billy being the mastermind. He gets so into his performance he’s spitting and sweating, and ad-libbing lines left and right.

On rewatch, after a moment where Sidney (and her dad) get away after a round of murderous chaos while Stu and Billy are distracted, she calls the house phone. You subtlety hear Stu say “Should I let the machine get it?”

It’s just FANTASTIC. It subverts the genre long before others and really sets a good tone. The sequels get more and more campy, but still have some great moments.