SCREAM-United States-1996

Courteney Cox as Gail Weathers

Matthew Lillard as Stuart ‘Stu’ Macher

Rose McGowan as Tatum Riley

Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis

Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker

Directed by Wes Craven

Written by Kevin Williamson

Do I really have to go over the plot of Scream in great detail? The movie is over 15 years old, for crying out loud. Just read the tagline; “Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far. Solving this mystery is going to be murder.” See, wasn’t that simple? Watching the film last night was the first time I’ve watched it since going to the theater to see it with my ex-wife in 1996. I remember having a lot of fun that day; not because of the movie itself, but because my ex-wife was a horror film snob and I got sheer enjoyment out of watching Ghostface scare the living shit out of her. I can’t tell you the number of times she tugged on my arm and said “Do you wanna leave? Let’s leave!” to which I would reply “No way, I paid fifteen dollars for us to see this movie.” Yeah, I get my laughs where I can. The best part about the whole thing was that she’s the one that suggested we see “Scream” in the first place.

But I digress. What I like most about “Scream” is the way that although the characters know all the do’s and don’ts of surviving a horror film they continuously do them anyway. Scream is a horror film first and foremost; but there’s also enough subtle humor in the film to make it a near hilarious comedy. Sidney (Neve Campbell) tells Ghostface over the phone “What’s the point? They’re all the same. Some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can’t act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door. It’s insulting.” Thirty seconds later she’s running up the stairs to get away from the killer. Hilarity ensues!!

So, those are the reasons that I like “Scream”. It’s scary, funny and it scared the shit out of my ex-wife. I mean, seriously, what more could you ask for in a horror movie?


To keep Drew Barrymore looking scared and crying, director Wes Craven kept telling her real life stories about animal cruelty. She is a keen animal lover in real life.

Rose McGowan discovered that she could actually fit through a pet flap.

Drew Barrymore was originally cast as Sidney Prescott (eventually played by Neve Campbell). But Drew Barrymore insisted that if she played Casey then it would make the audience think anything could happen.

The use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of this film.


9 thoughts on “SCREAM

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  2. Great film. It really redefined a dead sub-genre (the slasher) and then killed it shortly after with bad sequels and other bad scream-like films.

  3. I had all but given up on the entire genre when Scream was released…it reminded me of how awesome a smartly done horror movie can be…Seriously, has been a top shelf re-watch for me since its release.

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