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Scream (1996)



Critic Consensus: Horror icon Wes Craven's subversive deconstruction of the genre is sly, witty, and surprisingly effective as a slasher film itself, even if it's a little too cheeky for some.

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The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly, nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody... Sidney, the quiet high school beauty with an ugly past... Billy, her faithful boyfriend with a frustrated sex life... Tatum, her cute best friend with a answer for everything... Casey, the lovely blonde who knows her thrillers... Geeky Randy, the scary movie fanatic... Stuart, the wild partier... Gale, the overeager TV reporter... even Dewey, the syrupy-sweet police officer. The only hope is to stay one step ahead of this crazed slasher--know your trivia. The clues are there; are you good enought to see them?

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David Arquette
as Dep. Dewey Riley
Neve Campbell
as Sidney Prescott
Courteney Cox
as Gale Weathers
Drew Barrymore
as Casey Becker
Skeet Ulrich
as Billy Loomis
Rose McGowan
as Tatum Riley
Henry Winkler
as Principal Himbry
Lawrence Hecht
as Neal Prescott
Liev Schreiber
as Cotton Weary
Linda Blair
as Obnoxious Reporter
Kevin Patrick Walls
as Casey's Father
Carla Hatley
as Casey's Mother
Lois Saunders
as Mrs. Tate
Joseph Whipp
as Sheriff Burke
Lisa Beach
as Reporter No. 1
Tony Kilbert
as Reporter No. 2
C.W. Morgan
as Hank Loomis
Troy Bishop
as Ghost Teen No. 1
Ryan Kennedy
as Ghost Teen No. 2
Leonora Scelfo
as Cheerleader in Bathroom
Nancy Ann Ridder
as Girl in Bathroom
Lisa Canning
as Mask Reporter
Bonnie Wood
as Young Girl
Lucille Bliss
as Check-out Lady
Aurora Draper
as Party Teen No. 1
Kenny Kwong
as Party Teen No. 2
Justin Sullivan
as Teen on Couch
Kurtis Bedford
as Bored Teen
Angela Miller
as Girl on Couch
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Critic Reviews for Scream

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (25)

No one will ever consider Wes Craven's Scream Oscar fodder, but this funny and scary little experiment in terror from the man who invented "Nightmare on Elm Street" puts some fun back into a very tired genre.

December 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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By the time Scream arrives at its final twist, Craven has done too many contortions of his own to give the finale much shock value.

October 6, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The picture is so full of cross-references, self-mockery and movies within movies (including a stalking that's recorded on video) that it can't help turning into a precious two-hour in-joke.

October 6, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Scream builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied. Here's one of the year's better thrillers.

October 6, 2013 | Full Review…

Scream may be a cut above the gore fests that line the dimly lit back wall at your video store, but it is a far cry from genre classics like Halloween or Craven's own Nightmare On Elm Street.

October 6, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4

Remains a highly polished piece of meta-slasher mayhem.

May 20, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scream


What made this meta horror movie satire so fantastic when it came out was the clever and often hilarious way that it played with the conventions and clichés of the genre and subverted them with the help of skillful editing and witty referential dialogue.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Classic horror.

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Nicki Marie

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