Scream (1996)

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There will be spoilers throughout for the movie. Watch the movie if you haven’t.

Day 10 of the 31-day horror challenge that NOFS is doing is twist ending. I knew that this would be a problem for me because I’m not sure about twist ending. After going through the ones that I could think of, I decided that I would go with Scream. Which the only problem being that I didn’t own it and I didn’t know if it was streaming anywhere. I was able to find a 3 pack of the first three movies looking in a local game store. I’ve been a huge fan of the Scream series since I first saw the first movie. I consider this to have a twist ending since there’s a twist with the killers, even if it isn’t really the ending.

Scream was directed by Wes Craven. It was written by Kevin Williamson. It stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore. Neve Campbell brings a vulnerability and a strength to her role. When she turns the switch to final girl mode, she kicks a lot of ass. Courtney Cox went against type in this movie, but also offers a deeper take on the role than what would have usually happened in other movies. Matthew Lillard has such a manic energy in his role that you feel like he’s a misdirect for who is the killer. Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard have great chemistry together, you feel like there’s a one-sided attraction between the two. That has led to there being a theory that the characters were in a relationship.

Scream opens with the torment and murder of Casey Becker, as well as her boyfriend Steve. As the city of Woodsboro reels from the murder others are tormented by an unknown person. The main target is Sidney Prescott, whose mother had been murdered almost a year prior. While dealing with that she’s also harassed by a reporter, Gale Weathers, that had covered her mother’s murder. Sidney’s boyfriend is made to seem like a suspect but is exonerated by information that shifts the blame to Sidney’s father. School is called off until further notice after Sidney is attacked in the bathroom at school. The principal is killed in his office. Stu Macher, the boyfriend of Sidney’s best friend Tatum, throws a party that night. Tatum’s brother, Dewey, is a county sheriff. Gale and Dewey spend time together around the party. Tatum ends up being killed at the party in the garage. Billy shows up and talks to Sidney in Stu’s parent’s bedroom. The party falls apart after hearing about the principal being killed and hung up in the football field. Billy is seemingly killed after he and Sidney have sex. Gale’s cameraman ends up being killed after. Gale and Dewey find Sidney’s father’s car outside of the party. It turns out that both Stu and Billy are both the killers, starting with Sidney’s mother because she had caused Billy’s parents to split. Sidney fights back against the two, killing Stu by knocking a TV onto his head. Billy is killed by both Sidney and Gale, with Sidney finishing him off with a double tap to the head.

The stunt team in this movie are rockstars. There are some pretty crazy jumps and falls, that doesn’t even consider the fights in the movie. The practical effects are spot on. Even the body that was used for Rose McGowan’s death looks pretty good, even now. Marco Beltrami did the music for the movie. The score is really good. The sound design is pretty great. If you pay close attention you can hear the distinct grunts whenever Ghostface takes a hit.

Scream is a classic for a reason. It breathed life into the slasher subgenre, which had gotten pretty stale by the time this was made. It spawned 3 sequels and a TV show, all of which have varying quality. I will give Scream 9.5 stabs out of 10.

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