Posted: October 23, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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“What’s your favorite scary movie?”

For those of us who grew up in the 90’s and had to wade through the ocean of bullshit that was most horror films made that decade, the answer is Scream. Now, it’s not my favorite but is definitely in my top 10 and probably takes the top spot for the decade in horror. Directed by the mighty Wes Craven, one of the modern masters of horror, Scream tore horror back down to bare essentials and classic “Horror Movie Rules”.

A killer nicknamed “Ghostface” is offing high school teens one by one. A great cold open, starring Drew Barrymore, sets up the tone of the film. Sidney Prescott, whose mother was brutally murdered one year before, is a student at the high school being terrorized. All of the press seems to be dredging up bad memories and Sidney’s insensitive friends aren’t helping. After some traumatic experiences, all signs seem to point to Sidney’s boyfriend, Billy. A few more murders happen culminating in a fairly standard high school party. At the party, blood flows, people die and the killers and their master plan are revealed. If by some turn of events the rock you lived under didnt get cable, I wont spoil the big reveal. Just know that you need to see this movie if you like horror at all.

Scream spawned a fairly successful and high quality series of sequels, each one being equally as good as the first in my humble opinion. The films also magnified the careers of several actors and actresses such as Neve Campbell, Liev Schreiber, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette. Scream made its mark on the horror landscape spawning a movement that returned the genre to simpler roots, albeit briefly. This film, and its sequels for that matter, are some of my favorite horror films. They defined a generation and added a new, immortal face and name to horror. For a film that will make you want to obey the rules, give this one a shot.




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