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Encyclopedia > Scream (movie)
Scream
Promotional poster for Scream
Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Kevin Williamson
Starring Neve Campbell,
Skeet Ulrich,
Drew Barrymore,
Rose McGowan,
David Arquette,
Jamie Kennedy,
Matthew Lillard
Produced by Cathy Konrad,
Cary Woods
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date December 20, 1996
Runtime 111 min.
Language English
Budget $15,000,000 USD (estimated)
IMDb page

Scream is a 1996 horror/dark comedy film directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. The film revitalized the slasher film genre in the mid 1990s by introducing a somewhat standard concept (teens getting brutally killed off) with a tongue-in-cheek approach that successfully combines straight-forward scares with dialogue that satirizes slasher film conventions. It is the first part of a trilogy; being followed by Scream 2 and Scream 3. Image File history File links Scream promotional poster This is a copyrighted poster. ... Wesley Earl Craven (born August 2, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American film director and writer best known as the creator of many horror films, including the Nightmare on Elm Street & Scream feature film series. ... Kevin Meade Williamson (born March 14, 1965) is an American screenwriter best known for his work on the Scream trilogy and the television series Dawsons Creek. ... Neve Campbell Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian film and television actress. ... Skeet Ulrich Bryan Ray Skeet Ulrich (born 20 January 1970 in Concord, North Carolina, USA) is an American film actor. ... Premiere (November, 2000) Drew Blythe Barrymore (born February 22, 1975 in Culver City, California) is an American film and television actress and producer. ... Rose McGowan on Charmed Rose Jane McGowan (born September 5, 1973, Florence, Italy) is an American actress. ... David Arquette David Arquette (born September 8, 1971 in Winchester, Virginia) is an American actor of French descent from something of a Hollywood dynasty. ... James Harvey Kennedy or Jamie Kennedy (born May 25, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian and actor. ... Matthew Lillard (born January 24, 1970 in Lansing, Michigan, USA) is an American actor. ... Dimension Films, a subsidiary of Walt Disney has released films such as Spy Kids, Scream and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and produces films that are more adult in content. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... The term problem plays is applied to the three plays William Shakespeare wrote between the last of his pure comedies (Twelfth Night) and the first of his pure tragedies (Othello) They are Alls Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida. ... Wesley Earl Craven (born August 2, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American film director and writer best known as the creator of many horror films, including the Nightmare on Elm Street & Scream feature film series. ... Kevin Meade Williamson (born March 14, 1965) is an American screenwriter best known for his work on the Scream trilogy and the television series Dawsons Creek. ... The slasher film is a sub-genre of the horror genre. ... // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ... Sarcasm is the making of remarks intended to mock the person referred to (who is normally the person addressed), a situation or thing. ... Scream 2 (1997) is the second part of the Scream trilogy, which was concluded by Scream 3. ... Scream 3 (2000) (theatrical name Scr3am) is the final installment in the successful Scream trilogy of satirical horror films. ...

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Plot

In the film, a teenage girl named Sidney (played by Neve Campbell) is approaching the anniversary of her mother's brutal rape and murder. At the same time, two teenagers at her school (including Drew Barrymore) have been eviscerated and killed. The next night, while at home alone, the killer, who calls his victims on the phone and taunts them before attacking, invades her house and attempts to kill her. He wears a Halloween costume remniscent of the painting The Scream. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Neve Campbell Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian film and television actress. ... Premiere (November, 2000) Drew Blythe Barrymore (born February 22, 1975 in Culver City, California) is an American film and television actress and producer. ... An agonized figure wails against a blood red Oslofjord skyline in Edvard Munchs The Scream (1893), National Gallery, Oslo. ...


In depth

Sidney tries to sort through the trauma of being attacked and, because of circumstantial evidence, points an accusatory finger at her boyfriend Billy (played by Skeet Ulrich). She goes to stay at the home of her friend Tatum (Rose McGowan) and Tatum's brother Dewey (David Arquette), a local police officer. While there she receives a call from the killer, and since Billy couldn't have made the call from prison, he is released. Skeet Ulrich Bryan Ray Skeet Ulrich (born 20 January 1970 in Concord, North Carolina, USA) is an American film actor. ... Rose McGowan on Charmed Rose Jane McGowan (born September 5, 1973, Florence, Italy) is an American actress. ... David Arquette David Arquette (born September 8, 1971 in Winchester, Virginia) is an American actor of French descent from something of a Hollywood dynasty. ...


As if all this weren't enough, Sidney must deal with the scandalization of her own attack by ambitious local television newswoman Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox). Gale is also responsible for a tell-all book revealing the promiscuous affair that Sidney's mother had with her convicted killer, Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber). School is later canceled because of the killings and a party is planned by students. Attending are all of the above mentioned teens plus Randy (Jamie Kennedy), a horror movie buff, and Stu (Matthew Lillard). The party quickly becomes a bloodbath as the killer invades, quickly dispatching of Billy and Tatum. Courteney Cox Courteney Cox Arquette (born June 15, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA) is an American actress, best known for her role in the long-running television series Friends. ... Isaac Liev Schreiber (born October 4, 1967) is an American actor, born in San Francisco, California. ... James Harvey Kennedy or Jamie Kennedy (born May 25, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian and actor. ... Matthew Lillard (born January 24, 1970 in Lansing, Michigan, USA) is an American actor. ...


In the interim, Gale, who senses a potential major news story, is lurking around outside with the help of Officer Dewey (whom she has flirted into her confidence). When they suspect trouble, they split up. Gale heads to her newsvan, where she finds her cameraman slaughtered. Suddenly being chased by the killer herself, she tears away in the newsvan only to crash into a tree.


Meanwhile, Sidney, who has discovered her murdered friends, is lurking around the outside of the house looking for help. When she finds none, she heads back to the front door only to find Dewey stabbed in the back. She heads inside the house and is confronted by both Randy and Stu. Not knowing who to trust, she slams the door in their faces. Suddenly Billy appears, bloodied but alive... until it is revealed that his attack was staged. Thus Sidney realizes the truth: Billy is the murderer. She opens the front door to warn her other two friends, and Randy stumbles in only to be knocked unconscious by Billy. Then Stu appears, and the ultimate truth presents itself: they were working together.


It turns out that the two boys are actually responsible for the murder of Sidney's mother the previous year. Billy concocted the scheme when he discovered that Sidney's mom was having an affair with his father. They framed another one of her lovers, Cotton Weary. They then set out to murder everyone Sydney loves. They reveal that they have kidnapped her father and that they intend to frame him for all of the recent murders. They go on to slash each other in an attempt to be wounded enough to claim that they "just escaped death" when Sidney's father attacked them. Sidney slips away, and manages to kill Stu.


At the last minute, Gale Weathers appears and Billy knocks the gun away from her because she forgot to take off the safety. Gale is knocked out and comes back later and shoots Billy. Shortly thereafter, Randy also regains consciousness, and the police arrive, reviving Deputy Dewey. Everyone else is dead. A huge amount of loss of life has led to a revelation for young Sidney, who must now free the man she thought responsible for the death of her mother.


Humor

The film featured numerous in-jokes and references to other horror projects. An example: a character references that the first A Nightmare On Elm Street film was good but "the rest of them sucked"; Scream director Wes Craven directed the first Elm Street film. Also, the characters in Scream all make clear their awareness with teen slasher and horror films, which makes them unique in the way they deal with what happens to them. A Nightmare On Elm Street (NOES for short) is a series of horror films that were exceptionally popular in the 1980s. ...


Legacy

The film opened to huge critical acclaim and financial success, and spawned two sequels (Scream 2 and Scream 3) and a series of slasher movies (and spoofs), among them: Scream 2 (1997) is the second part of the Scream trilogy, which was concluded by Scream 3. ... Scream 3 (2000) (theatrical name Scr3am) is the final installment in the successful Scream trilogy of satirical horror films. ...

The film is seen to have single-handedly reignited the teen slasher genre and was praised for it's original approach to the oft clich├ęd format. I Know What You Did Last Summer is a horror film first released in 1997. ... I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a horror movie released in 1998 as a sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer. ... Urban Legend (1998) is a thriller movie starring Alicia Witt, Jared Leto, Rebecca Gayheart, Robert Englund, Tara Reid, Joshua Jackson, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Michael Rosenbaum, Danielle Harris, John Neville, and Loretta Devine. ... Scary Movie (2000), an American film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, is a comedy, horror, and mystery. ... Cherry Falls is a 2000 horror/thriller film written by Ken Selden and directed by Geoffrey Wright. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
JoBlo reviews the movie "Scream 2" (1055 words)
A movie called "Stab", based on the events of the small town, as written in the book by Gale Weathers, has also just come out, and sparked what appears to be a "copycat killer" on the campus grounds.
Also, even though I am reviewing this movie as a person who has already seen and thoroughly enjoyed the first movie, I thought it might be harder for those non-original SCREAM viewers, to fully comprehend the many references to the first film.
SCREAM AGAIN and SCREAM LOUDER were two titles that were also considered for this sequel's title.
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