Scream (1996)

By: Mia Mezzanotte

Released in 1996, Scream is a horror movie that continues to be popular today. The film, which was written and directed by Kevin Williamson, tells the story of a group of teenagers who are stalked by a masked killer known as Ghostface. There are several things that sets Scream apart from other scary movies such as self-awareness, humor, and plot twists. It revived the horror genre and is a classic for many generations to come. The first movie creates a sense of irony and humor that is not known in other horror movies. For example, the opening scene of the phone conversation between the killer and his victim that is full of amusing banter and pop culture references was original for its time. The movie makes fun of the horror genre by having the characters be aware of these cliches and actively try to avoid them. The plot twist in the first Scream movie is also considered good because it is unexpected. The reveal is done in a way that is both shocking and satisfying, and it sets up the rest of the movie’s sequels to follow a similar formula of twists and turns. Throughout the movie, the audience is led to believe that one character is the killer, only to find out that there are two killers working together. This was a bold move that surprised many audiences and made the movie even more memorable. People should watch the movie Scream nowadays because it is a great example of a horror movie that is both scary and self-aware. It is a fun and interesting viewing for people who enjoy horror and those who are unfamiliar with the category because the movie is filled of references to previous horror films. Aside that it’s still relevant today, the movie remains suspenseful and enjoyable to watch.

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