|"Life is like a movie. Only you can't pick your genre."|
|Time: 111 mins.|
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It's very hard to write reviews of horror movies because one doesn't want to ruin the experience of seeing the movie for first-time viewers. Especially one that kept me on the edge of my seat. On first viewing, SCREAM was a great scare. It kept you guessing right up to the end who the actually killers were. I wasn't really surprised, but I didn't have the whole thing figured out either. It's not as scary or clever the second time around, but most horror movies aren't. Once the horror is revealed, it's no longer frightening. What makes SCREAM stand out is the way it pokes fun at itself, while still being scary. The first 10-15 minutes of the film are truly terrifying. Drew Barrymore gives a phenomenal performance as the doomed Casey. Not since PSYCHO has a filmmaker had the balls to do what they did here. Needless to say, it breaks one of the cardinal rules of filmmaking. Once you hit this point, you realize the film can and will go just about anywhere.
Neve Campbell stars as Sidney, the requisite brunette, virgin heroine whose past comes back to haunt her. When several of her friends are brutally killed on the eve of her mothers' murder, she can't help but think that the deaths are related. She is initially confident that her mother's killer is safely behind bars, but as more and more bodies pile up, she begins to question whether the killer is still out there. As in most films, everyone is a suspect, especially her dark and brooding boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ulrich). She doesn't want to believe that he's involved, but she just can't be sure. He's been so patient with her since the murder, that she feels guilty not trusting him. He finally allays her fears and they do something every horror movie buff knows is a no-no if they want to live have sex.
Courtney Cox puts in a wicked performance as Gale Weathers, an opportunistic tabloid journalist (like there's any other kind), who'll stop at nothing to get her story. Sidney hates her because not only has she profited from her mother's murder, but Gale also believes the man convicted of the crime is innocent. Though on opposite sides of the fence in the beginning, they end up saving each others lives. (At one point you're led to believe that Gale is dead, but you should know better. Only blonds die in horror movies.) After some brutal slayings and a whole hell of a lot of blood, Sidney, as well as a few friends who will remain nameless, escape the killer's grasp. Though the killer's reasons for butchering all those teens wasn't terribly compelling, it wasn't half bad either. In fact, the motive had a good basis in the psychology of youth today, however, it wasn't exactly satisfying either.
The cast does a great job at pretending the threat is real and that they really are in fear for their lives. Death must be taken seriously in a horror movie if it's truly going to scare its viewers. When Craven is on, no one does horror better than him. SCREAM is definitely one of his better films bloody, funny and, more often than not, truly inspired.