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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Critic Reviews for Scream
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.
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.
Scream builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied. Here's one of the year's better thrillers.
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.
The pic's chills are top-notch, but its underlying mockish tone won't please die-hard fans.
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 skillful editing and witty referential dialogue.
|Sidney Prescott:||You sick fucks. You've seen one too many movies!|
|Billy Loomis:||Now Sid, don't you blame the movies. Movies don't create psychos. Movies make psychos more creative!|
|Dewey Riley:||He's my superior.|
|Tatum Riley:||Janitors are your superior.|
|Tatum Riley:||Hey Dewey, can we go now?|
|Dewey Riley:||Hold on a second.|
|Tatum Riley:||Goddamn it! Dewey!|
|Dewey Riley:||What did mama tell you? When I wear this badge, you treat me like a man of the law!|
|Tatum Riley:||I'm sorry Deputy Dewey-boy, but we're ready to go. Now! Okay?|
|Gale Weathers:||If I'm right about this, I could save a man's life. Do you know what that would do for my book sales?|