Directed By – Wes Craven
Screenplay By – Kevin Williamson
Cinematography By – Mark Irwin
Starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox & David Arquette
As anyone who has watched multiple sequels in a row without having started with the original, I had to come back to the first Scream after watching 2 and 3. This movie is just so far and away better than its sequels it’s not even funny. The opening scene with Drew Barrymore is a piece of horror cinema gold (and my personal favorite work Ms. Barrymore has ever done) and then Craven just keeps on delivering in scene after scene, if only he had delivered in Scream after Scream.
The post-modern element to this movie is also fantastic and at this point it was also original. Jamie Kennedy is spot on as the geeky horror movie nut who dissects each situation through the formula driven horror genre. But there are also little things like Barrymore saying the first A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic but all the others sucked which is filled with humor as Craven (director of Scream) only directed the first Elm Street. Or how the high school janitor named “Freddy” is dressed in the same sweater and khaki pants as Freddy Kruger.
What really makes this one surpass the other installments is that while it does have elements of humor it still takes itself very seriously. There is a real story that unfolds, characters change and grow, hell it is a real movie! The sequels lose these vital elements and become merely multiple ways of doing one scene.
I will end with the fact that because this one is done more seriously than the others it is a mix of awesome and hysterical every time Ghostface gets beat up (glass bottles thrown at him, flowers vases broken over his head, etc.). He takes more of a beating than any horror villain ever and it is wonderful.