No one could have imagined that the slasher movie could still be a viable genre after its 1970s heyday, but Wes Craven proved the haters wrong with this uniquely postmodern thrill-ride. Scream takes place in the small town of Woodsboro, where a young lady named Sidney is trying to get over the murder of her mother. She also has to contend with reporter Gail Weathers, who is determined to dig up dirt on the case. Things get even worse for Sidney when a masked killer starts calling her, asking trivia questions about horror movies and murdering her friends. Horror fans are still talking about the infamous opening sequence, a grueling mini-movie in itself that features Drew Barrymore as the first victim. At the film’s last act, Sidney’s friends gather for a party at a parentless house the killer closes in, setting the stage for a series of intense suspense set pieces that culminate in a genuinely surprising twist ending. The combination of Craven’s skill at creating suspense and Kevin Williamson’s witty, genre-savvy script helped Scream become a huge, oft-imitated hit that spawned two equally successful Craven-helmed sequels. Scream also made screen stars of Campbell and Cox, not to mention newcomers Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard and David Arquette. Pop culture fans will want to keep an eye peeled for cameos by Linda Blair, Henry Winkler and Craven himself as ‘Fred the high school Janitor.’ —wescraven.com
Rising out of the mid-western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold visions and keeping them on the edge of their seats since the release of his first feature film, The Last House on the Left, which he wrote, directed, and edited in 1972. In the 39 years since that controversial film’s arrival, Craven has demonstrated that he is a filmmaker with heart, guts, humor – and an unbridled imagination expanding into films, television, and literature.
Craven’s career is marked with both creative and commercial milestones that have made his name synonymous with genre building and innovative horror.
Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, a film he wrote and directed. And though he did not direct any of its five sequels, he deconstructed the genre a decade later, writing and directing the audacious Wes… read more
Smart, funny and totally meta. This film's completely disturbed, and there's good reason it's become iconic. Any fan of horror ought to see it.
Scream, ça pourrait être le slasher de base par excellence: un méchant sanguinaire sans mobile précis, un groupe d’ados aux étiquettes vues et revues et aux commandes un gars qui a surtout fait ses… read review