Scream (1996 film)
Scream is a 1996 American satirical slasher film directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. It stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore. The film combines black comedy and mystery with the violence of the slasher genre to satirize the clichés of the horror movie genre. Scream was credited with revitalizing the horror genre in the 1990s.
About Scream (1996 film) in brief
Scream is a 1996 American satirical slasher film directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. It stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore. The film combines black comedy and mystery with the violence of the slasher genre to satirize the clichés of the horror movie genre. It received positive reviews and was a financial success, earning USD 173 million worldwide. Scream’s success spawned a series of sequels, though only Scream 2, released the following year, achieved an equal level of commercial and critical success. In the years following the release of Scream, the film was accused of inspiring and even inducing violent crimes and murders. Scream was credited with revitalizing the horror genre in the 1990s, which was considered to be almost dead following an influx of direct-to-video titles and numerous sequels to established horror franchises of the 1970s and 1980s. The soundtrack by Marco Beltrami was also acclaimed, and was cited as one of the most intriguing horror scores composed in years. The score has since earnedcult status and has been described as “one of the best horror scores of all time” The film was considered unique at the time of its release for featuring characters who were aware of real-world horror films and openly discussed the cliches that the film attempted to subvert. It was influenced by the real-life case of the Gainesville Ripper, and Craven’s passion for horror films, especially Halloween.
The script, originally titled Scary Movie, was bought by Dimension Films and was retitled by the Weinstein Brothers just before filming was complete. The movie was released on December 20, 1996. It still remains the highest-grossing slasherFilm in adjusted dollars. It follows the character of Sidney Prescott, a high school student in the fictional town of Woodsboro, California, who becomes the target of a mysterious killer in a Halloween costume known as Ghostface. Sidney’s boyfriend Billy Loomis arrives shortly after, but after he drops his cell phone, Sidney suspects him of making the call and flees. The next day, Billy is arrested and suspicion shifts to Sidney’s father Neil Prescott, as the calls have been traced to his phone. The following day, the news media descend on the town and a police investigation begins. Meanwhile, Sidney struggles with the impending first anniversary of her mother, Maureen’s, murder by her lover Cotton Weary. After the students have left the school, the killer stabs Principal Himbry to death in his office. Tatum’s boyfriend throws a party to celebrate the school’s closure. Many attendees are drawn away after hearing news of the death, leaving only Sidney, Randy, Stu Macher, and Kenny Gale to return to the house. The killer murders Tatum in the garage and crushing her neck with the car belonging to Kenny Gale, having discovered that the car belongs to Neil Prescott.