Scream is a movie that is not afraid to poke fun at the genre from which it comes from. Wes Craven is well known for his horror films, his most known is Nightmare on Elm Street. In Scream Craven knows that the slasher films are dead, and that most audiences aren’t going to be scared of a murderer in a mask, or are they?
In Scream all the characters are literate in horror films. They know the ins and the outs of what to do if there is a crazed serial killer in your town. They know who and who are not at risk of falling victim to the crazed serial killer. And this sets up for a strange horror film that is funny in most respects. Craven makes good at building up tension in each scene, and if it is not a scene where tension is needed, Craven keeps us guessing as to who the killer really is. Craven, working off of Kevin Williamson’s script, crafts a movie that is not a complete spoof or comedy, but is a tense scary film that doesn’t worry about poking fun at itself.
All the actors and actresses put in a good effort in Scream. It was nice to see Skeet Ulrich with a better role to work with, the last time I saw him he was in the disappointing film Touch with Bridgette Fonda. Neve Campbell does a good job as Sidney the main character in Scream.
The film is fun, but it is not for the weak of heart or stomach. The film is a horror film so a lot of blood shed is expected, but the film does get pretty violent at times. If you’re in for a good scare, see this film. If you want a fun film to watch, see this film. Don’t miss Scream. And as a character reminds us, never ever say, “I’ll be right back.”