SCREAM

Horror Movie Spoof

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Release Date: December 01, 1996

Starring: Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich,
Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore,
& David Arquette

Genre: Horror

Audience: Teenagers

Rating: R

Runtime: 85 minutes

Distributor: Dimension Films Release

Director: Wes Craven

Executive Producer: Bob Weinstein, Harvey
Weinstein & Marianne Maddalena

Producer:

Writer: Kevin Williamson

Address Comments To:

Harvey & Robert Weinstein, Co-Chairmen
Miramax Films
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-3800

Content:

(Pa, LLL, VVV, SS, N, A) Pagan worldview of killers with no motive; 48 obscenities & 6 profanities; extensive bloody violence including many stabbings, throat slicing, hanging, disemboweling, punching, assault, electrocution, & shooting; moderate sexual situations including clothed petting, implied flashing, implied fornication, & references to phone sex; upper male nudity; under age alcohol use & abuse; and, smoking

Summary:

SCREAM is horror movie spoof about a psycho-killer in a small town who uses his knowledge of horror movies against his victims. With lots of blood and guts and dark humor, it is a slasher movie disguised as a thriller. Directed by Wes Craven, this movie is targeted for teenagers, but moral American’s will not be attracted to it.

Review:

Since the movie HALLOWEEN, horror movies from the likes of John Carpenter and Wes Craven have followed certain rules for plot and logic. Virgins never get killed; teenagers who have just fornicated get killed; and, if you run up the stairs instead of outside, you will get killed. A horror spoof freely feeding off past horror movies, SCREAM stars attractive teenagers who try to avoid a brutal killer terrorizing a small town.

From TV’s PARTY OF FIVE, Neve Campbell stars as Sidney, a teenager whose mother was brutally murdered exactly one year ago. Alone one night, she awaits a call from her best friend Tatum (Rose McGowan), but is alarmed when a spooky male voice says he is watching her. Moments later, a man with a mask that looks like the face in the famous “Scream” painting from Edward Munch pops out with a knife and tries to kill Sidney. He is scared away when her boyfriend, Billy (Skeet Ulrich), sneaks in through her window. Sidney is scared, and the local law authorities, including Tatum’s brother Dewey (David Arquette), are worried. (Days earlier, Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) and her boyfriend were murdered by the same killer.)

These recent attacks bring out tabloid TV reporter Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox). Sidney doesn’t like Gale because a year ago Gale started to capitalize on the death of Sidney’s mother by writing a tell-all book. In a very short period of time, more and more killings occur, including the murder of the school principal. Sidney goes to a party at a friend’s house on the anniversary of her mother’s death. In poor taste, the host plays horror movies. Sidney decides to take the time to go upstairs and fornicate with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, the killer is picking off party-goers and making his way to Sidney. Finally during an attack, Sidney discovers the identity of the killer and fights him off with the help of an unexpected ally.

This movie borrows from many past horror movies. We even get to see a few clips of HALLOWEEN. A weak defense could be built to endorse classic horror movies, because many showed that an untimely death would meet fornicators, but in SCREAM the rules of horror movies are broken and a fornicator lives, as does a person who runs up the stairs. Hence, SCREAM is a spoof of the horror genre by one of its modern creators, Wes Craven. Mr. Craven appears to be making a sort of experiment with his genre, by inventing the rules and then breaking them. Clint Eastwood re-defined the idea of the Western with UNFORGIVEN and did it well. Regrettably, Mr. Craven doesn’t do as well.

Teenagers may be attracted to this movie because it is about teenagers, and it has rock music. Both Drew Barrymore and Neve Campbell have a following among young people, and many of the other cast members are positioning themselves to be tomorrow’s stars. However, parents be warned, this is not a horror movie from your generation. It doesn’t have monster’s from the deep or outer spacemen chasing innocent women. It has a motive-less killer who dismembers and disfigures his victims. We see a lot of blood and guts. We also hear lots of obscenities from immoral teens.

The most disturbing element of this movie is that it makes laughs out of the deaths. A case can be made for injecting humor into a tense thriller for comic relief, but the comedy is in the killing here.

Hence, SCREAM could also be called a black comedy. Black comedy can work in instances where just desserts are exacted on those who practice evil, but SCREAM has innocent, albeit godless, teenagers. Wes Craven says he is getting away from horror and examining the thriller with this movie, but it is hard to draw that conclusion. SCREAM has all the blood, guts and psychopathic killers of any horror movie. It is not a thriller. Moral Americans may scream at themselves for attending.

In Brief:

IN BRIEF:

In SCREAM, Neve Campbell stars as Sidney, a teenager whose mother was brutally murdered one year ago. She awaits a call from her best friend Tatum and is alarmed when a spooky male voice says he is watching her. A man with a mask pops out with a knife and tries to kill Sidney. He is scared away when her boyfriend Billy arrives. Soon, more and more killings occur. Sidney goes to a party at a friend’s house on the anniversary of her mother’s death. In poor taste, the host plays horror movies. As Sidney fornicates upstairs with her boyfriend, the killer is picking off party-goers and making his way to Sidney. Sidney discovers the identity of the killer and fights him off.

This movie borrows from many past horror movies, but in SCREAM the rules of horror movies are broken, resulting in more of a clinical experiment by film maker Wes Craven, than a viable story. Teenagers may be attracted to this movie because it is about teenagers and has rock music. Parents be warned, this is not a horror movie from your generation. It has a motive-less killer who dismembers and disfigures his victims. We see a lot of blood and guts. We also hears lots of obscenities from immoral teenagers. Moral Americans may scream at themselves for attending