Many years ago, the first slasher films appeared and soon after, their sequels. And as the directors continued to pop out more and more of these movies, relying on the success of their predecessors, the quality began to degrade until there was nothing of value. But now, Scream has wakened the genre, setting a new standard for slasher films.
The two most notable characters are played by Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox, both stars in two tremendously successful television shows ("Part of Five" and "Friends"). A number of horror movies lack the necessary acting skills to make a good film but Scream is not one of those; every cast member is strong and believable. Jamie Kennedy and David Arquette are two likable characters in the movie and Drew Barrymore does a good, if not short, job.
What makes Scream so successful is its mockery of other horror movies, including Wes Craven's (the director). Instead of copying s formula which has been used countless times, Scream makes a new one, directing teasing the mistakes victims of previous horror movies did. And, of course, horror movies are what drive the killers in Scream. Scream could almost be considered a spoof, if it wasn't so graphic and well done. The movie is actually funny, at least when the killer isn't slicing and dicing.
Though it is questionable whether the garage door would have been able to lift Tatum, Scream is quite the film to see. Scream is the movie to be compared with when deciding whether another horror movie is good or not; it is a must see for anyone who expects to have a typical discussion among friends. Don't expect Scream to be surpassed anytime soon.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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