For a frequently gimcrack genre that thrives on gimmick - then repetition - the meta-play at work melds both, deftly riffing on expectation - and then bloodily delivering on it. In-jokes aside (see Scary Movie for that: spoofing a pastiche...), this rises or falls on structure. However this is classically delivered with precision, being Craven’s most polished work with a genuine love for this most maligned of genres.
"I was home watching television and uh..The Exorcist was on. Got me thinking of you. It was edited for TV,y'know,all the good stuff was cut out.Got me thinking of us. How 2 years ago we started off hot and heavy;nice solid R rating,on our way to an NC-17 and now things have changed and lately we're just sort of edited for television.(...)Sid, it's all a movie, all one great big movie. Only you can't pick your genre."
51/100 (Sonu şaşırtıcı değil, mantık hataları dolu, korku filmleri klişeleriyle dalga geçtikten 1 dk sonra o klişeleri kullanmak var. Yinede "Katil kim" sorusunu Hitchcock filmlerindeki gibi sordurması, eğlencesine izlemenin keyifli olması ve Halloween göndermeleri çok başarılı. Ama şunu da bu filmden sonra öğreniyoruz ki Wes Craven balon bir yönetmenmiş. Elm sokağı filmi de bu da overrated. Ayrıca Scary Movie 1...)
An intelligent homage and final testament to the slasher genre - a genre that should have died years ago. This have fun with the cliches, have knowingly winks and a great "who dunnit" story combined with a fun Edvard Munch-costumed killer. The first scene is shockingly intense and Marco Bramilla's music is atmospheric and perfect. Should have been the genre's death song but sadly the opposite happened.
Manages to satirise, deconstruct and revitalise the slasher movie all at the same time. Far smarter and more cine-literate than they typically teen audience at the time would have understood. Rather than just a film school discussion piece however, this also has great horror chops and gore to spare. Some great set pieces and assured direction, especially the intro sequence
As a self-professed horror junkie I found this movie to be incredibly fun! In 1984 Wes Craven redefined the horror genre with the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street. In 1996 he does it again with Scream! This movie is a deconstruction of the slasher genre as a whole! It admittedly hasn't aged well in some areas, but that doesn't really bother me all that much. In fact, I think it just adds to the film's charm.
A solid 3.5 stars. When I saw Scream the first time, I was naive and clueless, but revisiting Craven's classic after 15 years was an entirely different experience. Hundreds of horror movies under my belt, I now appreciated the meta aspect, the constant references to other films, and the self-deprecating attitude to the slasher genre. A goofy satire, but also works as genuinely intense horror with a surprise ending.