Review: Scream (1996)

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Director of Photography: Mark Irwin
Editor: Patrick Lussier
Music: Marco Beltrami
Production Designer: Bruce Alan Miller
Producers: Cary Woods and Cathy Konrad
Dimension Films; R; 100 minutes
Release: 12/96
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Henry Winkler and Courteney Cox

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A tongue-in-cheek homage to 1980s horror flicks. Virginal high-school student Sidney (Campbell) has more than her share of problems. The one-year anniversary of her mother's murder is just around the corner, her boyfriend (Ulrich) is pressuring her to do it, and a serial killer, who likes to gut his victims, is preying on her and her town. Sidney's complacent friends see the town's hysteria as another reason to swill beer and watch horror films, never guessing that they, too, will end up eviscerated. Tabloid-television reporter Gale Weathers (Cox) arrives to cover the town's terror. A good rainy night rent.

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