Scream Movie Review

Movie Review by Anthony Leong © Copyright 1997


Rules to survive a scary movie:

1. Don't have sex.

2. No drinking or drugs.

3. Don't say "I'll be right back."

I can't remember the last half-decent Wes Craven movie... maybe because I don't usually watch them. "Scream", his latest, is well-done overall with some interesting plot devices for generating suspense (though there are some uneven spots). Someone is killing teenagers in a small California town... and everyone is a suspect. The center of attention is Sidney (Neve Campbell of "Party of Five"), who is stalked by a mysterious stranger in a Halloween costume. Add to the fact that her mother was brutally killed a year before, and you have one very scared girl. As the film plods along, everyone in the town seems a little bit off kilter and little red herrings are thrown in to keep the audience guessing. Luckily, the job of figuring out who the killer is becomes easier as the characters start dropping like flies. Actually, when the real killer is revealed, the film's intensity drops a notch, since the fun is gone.

This film does not take itself too seriously, with its many references to films in the horror genre as well as little in-jokes such as a janitor at the high school named Fred who dresses kind of like a character in one of Craven's other films. Also look for an interesting bit of casting with Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler as the odd school principal.

I don't want to give the ending away... you'll have to see this one to experience the Fear.

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