“Don’t answer the phone, don’t open the door, don’t try to escape.”
A new killer has come to light in a town, wearing the infamous scream costume he rings the household his victim is in, with some unusual questions about horror movies, after an incorrect answer he stabs the teenagers. After we are introduced to the killer, the audience are shown the main protagonist, Sidney (Neve Campbell) the new victim to be terrorized by this psychopathic villain. The plot of the film is interesting and intriguing, you wait to uncover the mystery. Furthermore, there is a captivating plot with Sidney’s family past.
For a 1996 horror film, it still is a super horror and mystery. It is clever how this slasher movie has maintained its greatness nevertheless it being over 20 years old. The use of camera angles are successful in creating suspense and there is a brilliance in the simplicity of the music and sound which is very well executed. ‘Scream’ is able to create tension, even if it doesn’t hit all of the horror elements like it would have in 1996. Throughout the film, there is a cleverness in the mystery too. As one of the characters says, everyone is suspected to the be killer – this is what you end up doing as the audience watching.
There is also a great stardom in this film. Drew Barrymore opens the film in the renowned scene of being the first victim of this ghostly slaughterer. There are other recognisable faces throughout, including Matthew Lillard (Shaggy from ‘Scooby Doo’) and Courteney Cox (Monica in ‘Friends’). Overall, the acting of the film isn’t bad and does feel reliable on screen.
An element of ‘Scream’ that repeats throughout the whole film is a play on the mockery of horror films. Many of the characters have watched plenty of horror films such as ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘Halloween’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’, which they mention during ‘Scream’, we even see a clip of one! This adds another dimension to ‘Scream’ which almost gives a mocking component for the audience to recognise the purposeful parallels within horror films. Wes Craven uses horror stereotypes to predict or to confuse what might happen in this film. The audience are left thinking would this film follow the usual stereotypes or bend the rules of a horror slasher?
In conclusion, ‘Scream’ is such a clever film to still be a horror that is interesting 20 years after. The conversations of similarities amongst horrors is such a different element to the film. However, when the killer is revealed, this dimension does seem more forced. The ending seems to become more of a mockery and more comical. Nevertheless, this film maintains to be a great mystery and does still build suspense and tension. It is still enjoyable to watch.