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Scream

  • Drama
  • 1996
  • Wes Craven
  • 106 mins
  • 18

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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 1990s horror revival started here.

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Credits

Cast

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Sidney PrescottNeve Campbell
Gale WeathersCourteney Cox
Deputy Dwight "Dewey" RileyDavid Arquette
Billy LoomisSkeet Ulrich
Casey BeckerDrew Barrymore
StuartMatthew Lillard
Cotton WearyLiev Schreiber
RandyJamie Kennedy
Tatum RileyRose McGowan
Mr PrescottLawrence Hecht
"The Voice"Roger L Jackson
Obnoxious reporterLinda Blair
Principal HimbryHenry Winkler
Maureen PrescottPriscilla Pointer
Fred, the janitorWes Craven

Crew

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DirectorWes Craven

Details

Theatrical distributor
New Realm Entertainments
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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