Halloween has come and gone which can only mean 2 things: number 1 Christmas is fast approaching again, and it’s the perfect excuse to watch a scary film. This Halloween I stuck on my favourite horror movie – the original Scream movie. Directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, those that have seen it will know it’s not the creepy/gore horror movie of today, but it is filled with suspenseful moments and a script that is filled with clever plot twists.
Plot is pretty simple; a killer is on the loose, killing his victims with a knife and wearing a comical mask to hide their true identity. The main protagonist is Sydney (played by Neve Campbell) who the killer seems particularly intent on killing – Sydney has already experienced death and heartache as her mother was viciously killed a year earlier. Even though the killer was supposedly caught, it seems the identity of the masked killer may be the true killer of her mother.
I won’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it and reveal the identity of the killer, and you can have fun guessing your way through the movie. One of the things I love about the film is that it takes the horror movie genre and evaluates it, becoming almost light a parody, making references such as ‘if this was a scary movie’ and playing fun at certain clichés such as why to do they always run up the stairs. It also changes the genre, making it more of a mystery to find out who the killer is, rather than it being ‘hide behind the sofa’ scary.
At the start of the film, Drew Barrymore is the first to get killed, her screen time amassing around 10 minutes. At the time however, she was considered quite the star in Hollywood; her death is so unexpected that it’s a welcome surprise for the viewer and it’s something the films keep doing throughout the series. As well as Barrymore, there are quite a few familiar faces – Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Rose McGowan, and Matthew Lillard.
It’s a brilliant movie, and like I said probably my all-time favourite horror movie. The original movie is the best but the franchises sequels are also well worth a watch. Just remember when watching them – never say I’ll be right back.
“(callers voice) Not so fast we’re gonna play a little game it’s called (normal voice) ‘guess who just called the police and reported your sorry mother-fucking ass!'” (Sydney, Scream)