Sunday, 17 April 2011

Scream Film Review

I am very excited for the release of Scream 4 in the cinema and as the original was being broadcast on TV I thought I’d take the opportunity to watch this again. I have seen all three at some point in the past but probably in the wrong order and so it would be good to finally grasp the story as a whole.

A year after the tragic rape and murder of a Sidney Prescott’s mother, student Casey (Drew Barrymore) receives a mysterious phone call which ultimately leads to her and her boyfriend to be horrendously gutted and hung. 


The town of Woodsboro is shocked by the murders, with Sidney (Neve Campbell) feeling a sense of dejavu. Despite the supposed killer responsible her mother’s murder, Cotton Weary, is behind bars, Sidney receives haunting phone calls which leads her to suspect the killer is still on the loose. 

When Sidney gets attacked, she starts to suspect the people around her. With her father out of town and unreachable; her boyfriend impatient as she wants to wait before sex and her classmates pretending to be the Ghostface killer, everyone’s a suspect.

With the help of reporter Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) and Deputy Dewey (David Arquette), Sidney fights to survive the tragedy that has befallen her and unmasks whoever is behind these brutal killings.

The success of this movie comes from the sheer play on the horror genre and the exaggeration of the clich├ęs make this movie extremely enjoyable. Whilst you would expect a movie that makes fun of a genre to be extremely predictable, this movie keeps you guessing from the very beginning right to the end. 

As you would expect certain events to happen at certain points due to the predictability factor (such as killer jumping out from a dark space), the film doesn’t fulfil your guesses. The moment you let your guard down, BAM, the killer springs out. This second guessing and throwing you off makes the film unpredictable and jumpy.

The movie on the whole peaked at certain points, mainly when the killer is chasing Sidney, which plateaued for a large part of the film when they try to lay the foundations of the movie/ the rules etc. However, the ending was truly climatic and definitely explosive with lots of humour, leaving you satisfied and wanting more.

Neve Campbell- Sidney
Courtney Cox- Gale Weathers
David Arquette- Deputy Dewey

Also stars Drew Barrymore, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Jamie Kennedy.

Neve Campbell does a great job as the heroine of the movie. She was believable and genuine with a bit of a kick ass attitude.

I really loved Courtney Cox in this movie despite her constant ‘Monica-isms’. She was funny and managed to become a big part of the film opposed to just a cameo.

Drew Barrymore was also very good despite her short screen time. In a sense she almost stole the show with her performance at the beginning.

I really liked this movie- it has laid the foundations for the next films. With an original take on the horror genre, and it’s unpredictable result, you are left guessing throughout. The film also manages to make you jump and throw you off, revealing the truth only at the very end in a climatic chase. Highly enjoyable.

I cannot wait to see the new Scream 4!

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