Friday, October 18, 2013
31 Days Of Halloween: Scream (1996)
Hello, Bloggers, here is my second review of the day and for this review, I chose to discuss a film that has always been a favorite of mine and is without a doubt one of the best and most inventive slasher movies ever put on screen. That film is the classic known as Scream.
Scream is about a serial killer who stalks the town of Woodsboro, California, and preys upon a group of high school teenagers. One of whom is Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) who is trying to cope with the one-year anniversary of a family tragedy and deal with the strain in her relationship with her shady boyfriend. As the teens get picked off one by one, the amount of suspects gets lower and it all builds up to its revealing and shocking climax.
What I Liked About It:
Now, what makes this film so inventive and different from most slasher films is how it mixes horror with satire. While it does have its frightening moments, especially the film's famous 15-minute opener with Drew Barrymore, it also points out many of the clichés we see in scary movies and even the rules to follow to not be killed in a scary movie. There were even scenes that have a bit of humor then suddenly evolve into having horror and suspense and horror scenes with humor weaved into them without trying to be scary and end up being unintentionally hilarious. Another thing that I liked, and it may sound weird that I like this, was how our main heroine Sidney goes through a conflict. Most slasher films give us main characters and characters in general that we know nothing about and are given little to no backstory. But here, we get an insight into the main character's past and how troubled she is, making us feel for her. Even the supporting characters are given personality as well and I really liked that.
What I Didn't Like About It:
Overall, Scream is a solid slasher film that mixes gruesome violence and horrific scares with self-aware satirical humor. If you are looking for a good scary movie that has laughs thrown in as well as scares, then this is definitely a good one to watch. Plus, if you are a gorehound, then you will also like this as well.