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Scream (1983)





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Not to be confused with another Scream -- that of a jubilant Wes Craven when he went to the bank in 1993 with the release of his popular horror film -- this much weaker Scream was never heard at the box office. Like in many a similar film, a most thick-headed group of dullards go hiking for the weekend, this time in a remote Western ghost town. Once there, they end up joining the ghosts, one by one. As they sit waiting for the next victim to be bumped off, a horseback-riding stranger comes into town. He entertains them with a story of his seafaring days nearly a half-century earlier and then rides off -- but not for long. Apparently that was the intermission.


Woody Strode
as Charlie
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I am not a personal fan of the post-modern slasher era of films jump-started by Wes Craven's 1996 hit "Scream" so it would give me great gratification to tell people that a little seen 1981 slasher that shares it name sake is much better... but I would be lying. This "Scream" is wretchedly written and filmed stalk and slash that I would even go as far to say is the worst slasher from the golden era of the genre that I've seen, even eclipsing such turds as "The Forest" and "Don't Go in the Woods". We are introduced to a group of hikers canoeing to an abandoned ghost town where they decide to spend the night. Since we know this is a slasher it's safe to assume a killer starts knocking them off one by one. "Scream" was originally filmed in 1981 as "The Outing" but didn't get wide release until four years later under it's rechristened title. Why is this? Could it be that it sucks? Well if you guessed that then you hit the nail on the head as "Scream" is a horribly written and directed by Bryon Quisenberry who's effort gives the impression of just 'winging it'. First of all the characters are never established or developed and make some of the most insane, unorthodox decisions known to man. If there's a killer stalking the group then why do they all seem to wander out alone in the middle of the night? Brian Quesenberry also gives the film a slow pace with silted editing and long, boring panning shots. To top it off he never reveals who doing the killing or the motive behind his murders. He tries with a lame potential explanation given by stranger Woody Strode, who wonders into town, but his falls flat and is completely pointless. With all this other crummy film-making gunking up the screen, at least the film would have slasher essentials like gore and nudity right? WRONG! All the killings are nearly bloodless and most are even off screen. Boobs, another necessity of slashers, are also in zero supply. "Scream" has a reputation for being one of the worst slashers from the golden era and it lives up to its dire reputation. At least "The Forest" had unintentional laughs and "Don't Go in the Woods" had gore and nudity. All of those ingredients, along with proficient film-making, are lacking in "Scream" only making it watch for the most hardcore slasher fans. Also released on DVD in a double feature "The Barn of the Naked Dead."

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

This movie was incredibly boring. Most of the movie was spent watching the dull characters sit around doing nothing. When anyone actually does get murdered, we don't even get to see it. This is a poor excuse for a horror film.

Aj V
Aj V

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I believe i have used this example in my film reviews before, but it has been awhile since I did. Byron Quisenberry's Scream reminds me of the time that my dissertation director and I were discussing a particular text. After telling him that I had been told I should read it, he proptly rose from his chair and said, "Come with me, Al. I'm going to show you what garbage looks like." And I would use this film as a similar example. I adore slasher films, but, even according to the already low standards of the slasher genre, this is a completely boring film that never sparks even the remotest interest in the plot or even the death scenes. That's right! Not even the death scenes are entertaining! This film is simply garbage through and through from its crappy cinematography and production design to its complete inability to make even adamant horror fans care about the deaths. Pure crap not recommended to even the most ardent of horror and slasher fans.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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