Scream (1996)



Critic Consensus: Horror icon Wes Craven's subversive deconstruction of the genre is sly, witty, and surprisingly effective as a slasher film itself, even if it's a little too cheeky for some.

Movie Info

The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly, nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody... Sidney, the quiet high school beauty with an ugly past... Billy, her faithful boyfriend with a frustrated sex life... Tatum, her cute best friend with a answer for everything... Casey, the lovely blonde who knows her … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Williamson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 1997
Miramax Films


as Dep. Dewey Riley

as Sidney Prescott

as Gale Weathers

as Casey Becker

as Billy Loomis

as Tatum Riley

as Principal Himbry

as Neal Prescott

as Cotton Weary

as Obnoxious Reporter

as Casey's Father

as Casey's Mother

as Mrs. Tate

as Sheriff Burke

as Reporter No. 1

as Reporter No. 2

as Hank Loomis

as Mrs. Riley

as Ghost Teen No. 1

as Ghost Teen No. 2

as Cheerleader in Bathr...

as Girl in Bathroom

as Mask Reporter

as Young Girl

as Check-out Lady

as Party Teen No. 1

as Party Teen No. 2

as Teen on Couch

as Bored Teen

as Girl on Couch
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Critic Reviews for Scream

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (20)

By the time Scream arrives at its final twist, Craven has done too many contortions of his own to give the finale much shock value.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The picture is so full of cross-references, self-mockery and movies within movies (including a stalking that's recorded on video) that it can't help turning into a precious two-hour in-joke.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Scream builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied. Here's one of the year's better thrillers.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Scream may be a cut above the gore fests that line the dimly lit back wall at your video store, but it is a far cry from genre classics like Halloween or Craven's own Nightmare On Elm Street.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The pic's chills are top-notch, but its underlying mockish tone won't please die-hard fans.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Top Critic

The assumption that there's something inherently clever about a slasher movie making reference to both its genre and the filmmaking process is a fundamental flaw of this tiresome, blood-filled comedy.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Scream


What made this meta horror movie satire so fantastic when it came out was the clever and often hilarious way that it played with the conventions and clichés of the genre and subverted them with the help of a skillful editing and witty referential dialogue.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


The well apparent tongue-in-cheek is understandably appreciated but there isn't much other substance here to consider it an all important film. However, note the originality it took to call out its' own genre and continue forth using the same techniques it ridicules so blatantly.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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