Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.
A year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro.Written by
At the end of the movie Sidney, who has been hiding in the closet from psychopaths Billy and Stu, suddenly beaks out, wearing the Ghostface costume, and stabs Billy in the chest with an umbrella. Nev Campbell did it a little too well though, and broke some of the sutures in Skeet Ulrich's chest that were there as a result of recent open heart surgery. The screams and anguished look on Ulrich's face in that scene are real; the original take from that scene was kept in the movie. Ulrich had to be rushed to the emergency room right after they finished filming. See more »
(at around 36 mins) Reflected in the door window when leaving the police station. See more »
Henry Winkler, who played Principal Himbry, was asked to go uncredited because the producers did not want to detract any attention from the younger, lesser known actors. See more »
The US LaserDisc version contains the director's cut with ca. 20 seconds of restored footage that was originally cut to avoid being slapped with the NC-17 by the MPAA. It also has commentary by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. In the commentary, Craven notes five places where his cut differs from the theatrical release:
Steve's guts are shown pouring out of him as Casey looks on. In the released version, the very last few moments of this are shown.
Casey hanging from the tree was time compressed in the film release (it is at normal speed here).
When Tatum meets her death by garage door, her head is shown, very briefly being flattened.
After Kenny the cameraman's throat is cut, he stares at the blood on his hand after touching his neck, and then looks up at the killer.
Billy clearly loses control as he delivers his final cuts to Stuart.
After Billy and Stuart have finished stabbing each other, there is a shot of Stu's hand dripping blood into a puddle, with Sidney's father looking on.
Scary, funny and clever the best Scream movie by miles
Almost a year after someone raped and killed Sidney Prescott's mother in the small town of Woodsboro, someone is killing teenagers. When Sidney herself becomes a target, the link is apparent and her missing father is a suspect. However, as with all good scary movies, everyone is a suspect.
The film that sparked the revival of horror movies (Halloween H2O, I know what you did last summer, Urban Legend etc all followed ..thanks a lot!). This stands out from all those (and it's lackluster sequels) by being really good and clever. The story is nothing more than the standard slasher plot but it avoids the cliches quite well. In fact it uses the cliches as references and makes plenty of jokey references to other movies and the supposed rules of horror movies we even have a quick flash of a caretaker dressed in Freddy's jumper and hat!
That doesn't mean it's not scary it is! From the tragically horrible opening 10 minutes through each gory killing the tension is high and the shocks are real. The plot twists nicely and the ending is much better than most slasher movies (including the absurd endings of 2 and 3). This manages to be fresh, clever and scary getting by any sticking moments with it's tongue in it's cheek.
The cats are good Campbell is a believable virgin, scarred by what happened to her mother before she starts turning into Buffy the vampire slayer in parts 2 and 3. Cox is excellent playing against type and David Arquette is funny as the Deputy Sheriff. Kennedy as Randy is also funny as the movie geek in fact he remains the highlight of the next 2 films. The cast being filled of up and coming faces (including Ulrich) makes it even more thrilling when the `wrong' people get killed, technically all the cast are `unknowns' who usually make up the body count, so really anyone can potentially get offed.
Overall funny black comedy, scary thrills and gory excitement. A rare treat a really good teen horror movie
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