Scream

Austin Chronicle

DIRECTED BY: Wes Craven

REVIEWED: 07-02-97

Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Liev Schreiber, Drew Barrymore

Wes Craven's comeback movie, a film that single-handedly revived the horror genre, the scariest movie in a decade, the soon-to-be highest-grossing picture under the Miramax banner, MTV's just-voted Movie of the Year, maybe the first movie to successfully blend true terror with comedy and farce... Scream has created so many waves since its release barely six months ago that it deserves a look if for no other reason than the above. But the film actually lives up to the hype, largely due to Kevin Williamson's brilliant genre-colliding script that serves up tongue-in-cheek humor with liberal portions of gore gore gore, all while teaching your not-so-usual bunch of hapless teens some important lessons about when and when not to run up the stairs. Already a cult classic among the teen set, it's going to be a bitch tracking down a copy at the video store. But with Scream 2 and 3 already in the works, you may just want to wait for the next one.

--Christopher Null

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