Wes Craven (1996)

18 Certificate


Our Score
The 1990s horror revival started here. Director Wes Craven's intelligent reinvention of the slasher genre sees a sick maniac on the loose in a small suburban town, murdering anyone who gets horror trivia questions wrong. Gleefully exploring the relationship between gore movies and their core audience, this terrific shocker exposes the genre's knee-jerk devices, while still offering gasps galore - and a genuinely surprising dénouement. Kevin Williamson's elaborate script subversively keeps things scary even when the sinister events are at their funniest, and pays clever homage to such key titles as Halloween and Friday the 13th.


The students of a high school are stalked by a masked knife-wielding maniac with a love of scary movies and a penchant for playing mind games with his prey. One of the girls on his hit list begins to suspect there is a connection between the killer and her mother's murder a year previously. Wes Craven's horror, which satirises the genre's cliches, starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox.

Cast & Crew

Sidney Prescott Neve Campbell
Dwight `Dewey' Riley David Arquette
Gale Weathers Courteney Cox
Stuart Matthew Lillard
Billy Loomis Skeet Ulrich
Principal Himbry Henry Winkler
Tatum Riley Rose McGowan
Casey Becker Drew Barrymore
Randy Jamie Kennedy
Fred Wes Craven
Director Wes Craven
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: New Realm EntertainmentsGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray