Scream

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Director: 
Wes Craven
Year: 
1996
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
111 mins
Cast: 
Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
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With the smash hit "Scream," novice screenwriter Kevin Williamson and veteran horror director Wes Craven ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") revived the moldering corpse of the teen horror picture, both creatively and commercially, by playfully acknowledging the exhausted clichés and then turning them inside out. "Scream" is a postmodern slasher movie, a horror film that cleverly deconstructs horror films, then reassembles the dead tissue, and (like Frankenstein's monster) creates new life. When a serial killer starts hacking up their fellow teens, the media-savvy youngsters of "Scream" realize that the smartest way of sticking around for the sequel is to avoid the terminal behaviors that inevitably doom supporting players in the movies. They've seen all the movies, and the rules of the genre are like second nature to them. The fresh-faced young cast (including Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette) is fun to watch, and their tart dialogue is sprinkled with enough archly self-conscious pop-culture references to make Quentin Tarantino blush.