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With the smash hit Scream, novice screenwriter Kevin Williamson and veteran horror director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) revived the moldering corpse of the teen horror picture, both creatively and commercially, by playfully acknowledging the exhausted clichés and then turning them inside out. Scream is a postmodern slasher movie, a horror film that cleverly deconstructs horror films, then reassembles the dead tissue, and (like Frankenstein's monster) creates new life. When a serial killer starts hacking up their fellow teens, the media-savvy youngsters of Scream realize that the smartest way of sticking around for the sequel is to avoid the terminal behaviors that inevitably doom supporting players in the movies. They've seen all the movies, and the rules of the genre are like second nature to them. One of the scariest/funniest setups features a kid watching John Carpenter's seminal Halloween on video. As Jamie Lee Curtis is shadowed by Michael Meyers and the kid on the couch yells at her to turn around, Craven reverses his camera and we see that the kid should be taking his own advice. The fresh-faced young cast (including Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette) is fun to watch, and their tart dialogue is sprinkled with enough archly self-conscious pop-culture references to make Quentin Tarantino blush. The digital video disc includes an audio commentary by director Craven. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Neve CampbellSidney
David ArquetteDeputy Dewey
Courteney CoxGale Weathers
Liev SchreiberCotton Weary
Jamie KennedyRandy
Skeet UlrichBilly
Drew BarrymoreCasey
W. Earl BrownKenny
Henry WinklerPrincipal Arthur Himbry
Kevin Patrick WallsSteve
Matthew LillardStuart
Rose McGowanTatum
C.W. MorganHank Loomis
Lawrence HechtMr. Prescott
Joseph WhippSheriff Burke

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 20, 1996
    EuropeMay 2, 1997
    JapanAug 23, 1997
    AustraliaFeb 13, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 31, 2001
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