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.
Highly marketable and commercial polished-but-not-subtle teen horror flick which has appealed to a particular wide audience however the alleged satire or spoof is minimal and insubstantial. It is unashamedly and straightfowardly what it seems and Wes Craven carries it effortlessly. Now, it is a husky voice, confusion and a lot of ketchup. Let's not pretend we have discovered the self-cleaning pants here.
Bad taste is an acquired taste & I just made it through this overly-long, fairly inventive horror spoof.The Fonze is promoted to Principal but fails to hold down the job, and 'Monica Geller' looks unaccountably taller - perhaps the cam adds ten inches? Never leave via the cat flap. Ever.
Wes Craven's self-reflexive and ironic film is a milestone of meta-cinema. In using every means - e.g. dialogues, citations, camera movements and sound - to comment on the action as well as on the rules and dramaturgy of the slasher genre (especially his own horror movies like the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series) he introduced new dimensions of narration into this kind of cinema.
Whereas most films have a hard time working on even a singular level, Wes Craven's Scream works on at least two. This is both a great satire and a thoroughly entertaining slasher film. The script is witty and wonderfully self aware ("this is like being in one of those Wes Carpenter movies") and all of the actors give convincing, straight performances to prevent Scream from becoming farcical. The opening dazzles.