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I've never been a fan of horros/slasher films. However, I love mystery films, and Scream has enough mystery to it for me to ignore the slasher undertone. The sense of "who's the killer" and the constant guessing is endless fun.
Scream pokes fun at all kinds of slasher cliches, yet embraces them at the same time. While there are so many places where it could have gone wrong, it never does. Its mix of cliches and invention cause you to be in the constant suspense when you laugh when they make fun of the exact things you are watching. You don't laugh when you see it, but do when you think about. Ingenious writing.
Constant suspense, like I mentioned, is at the center of the film. You are guided through this story and when a character does one thing suspicious and you go, "they did it!". When something happens to prove you wrong, you go, "no, it was them!". The endless excitement of the mystery progresses the film along perfectly and you have no moments of boredom at any given time.
Scream is a superb slasher film, my favorite film of a rather weak genre full of cliches and repitition. It succeeds as a slasher because of its success as a mystery, and should not be missed by any horror film buff or anyone that loves a good thriller.