Scream (1996)

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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.

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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 thrillers... Geeky Randy, the scary movie fanatic... Stuart, the wild partier... Gale, the overeager TV reporter... even Dewey, the syrupy-sweet police officer. The only hope is to stay one step ahead of this crazed slasher--know your trivia. The clues are there; are you good enought to see them?
Rating:
R
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Miramax Films

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Cast

Drew Barrymore
as Casey Becker
David Arquette
as Dep. Dewey Riley
Liev Schreiber
as Cotton Weary
Neve Campbell
as Sidney Prescott
Henry Winkler
as Principal Himbry
Linda Blair
as Obnoxious Reporter
Skeet Ulrich
as Billy Loomis
Rose McGowan
as Tatum Riley
Courteney Cox
as Gale Weathers
Frances Lee McCain
as Mrs. Riley
Joseph Whipp
as Sheriff Burke
Kevin Patrick Walls
as Casey's Father
Ryan Kennedy
as Ghost Teen No. 2
Leonora Scelfo
as Cheerleader in Bathroom
Lucille Bliss
as Check-out Lady
Justin Sullivan
as Teen on Couch
Lisa Canning
as Mask Reporter
Troy Bishop
as Ghost Teen No. 1
Lisa Beach
as Reporter No. 1
Kenny Kwong
as Party Teen No. 2
Lawrence Hecht
as Neal Prescott
C.W. Morgan
as Hank Loomis
Angela Miller
as Girl on Couch
Kurtis Bedford
as Bored Teen
Lois Saunders
as Mrs. Tate
Nancy Ann Ridder
as Girl in Bathroom
Carla Hatley
as Casey's Mother
Tony Kilbert
as Reporter No. 2
Bonnie Wood
as Young Girl
Aurora Draper
as Party Teen No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Scream

All Critics (66) | 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
Variety
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
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Classic horror.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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