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Scream – Schrei!
Wes Craven USA, 1996
Most of Scream alternates between actual horror scenes and meta-discussions of the tropes of the genre versus what’s happening to the characters. The ratio’s more funny than scary, but Craven often synthesizes the two into one, deploying Marco Beltrami’s ominous cymbal clangs and other traditional cues of big scares for nothing more prepossessing than a shot of a yellow school bus. If literally everything is punctuated and associated by horror, then the film’s entire narrative is one mean joke.
June 16, 2016
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Do you like scary movies? Then you’ll certainly want to see the film that revived the slasher genre. Craven’s flawlessly directed, self-aware satire of its own kind still terrorizes nearly two decades later, while Kevin Williamson’s acerbic screenplay remains a comedic delight.
November 04, 2015
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The fact that you had a character within the film explaining beat-by-beat the tropes of the horror genre, just as the oblivious cast was slowly murdered off, was delirious irony. Audiences ate it up: They felt smart because they recognized the patterns of the genre, and they were even more enthused that, despite this knowledge, Craven still found ways to shock them. It was the updated campfire story, a horror film about horror films that cemented the social aspect of storytelling.
September 01, 2015
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The result was one of the great have-our-cake-and-eat-it-too films of all time, with Craven staging expert stalk-and-slash set pieces only to have them broken up by characters commenting on the familiarity of it all.
October 03, 2014
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