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Things had become a little stale in the world of Hollywood horror but in 1997 Wes Craven flipped the genre on its head with the release of Scream. Set in the sleepy town of Woodsboro it follows a group of high school students as they are bumped off one by one by a masked figure in typically horrific and inventive ways. Sounds standard stuff but what Scream did differently was in its acceptance of horror movies existing and the golden rules that must be adhered too in order to survive. The opening sequence alone was a clear statement that we shouldn’t take anything for granted. Clever writing, the now iconic Ghostface mask and more twists than Chubby Checker kept us guessing before the big reveal in the final act.
Scream had a major impact on the genre with films like I know what you did last Summer, Urban Legends and Final Destination all taking pointers from the formula created. The appeal of the Ghostface killer has since spawned three direct sequels, a TV series and was the inspiration for the spoof franchise Scary Movie (which was originally the title of Scream).
After a series of mysterious deaths befalls their small town, an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott (Campbell) become the target of a masked killer in this smash-hit “clever thriller” (The Washington Post) that launched the Scream franchise and breathed new life into the horror genre.
Release: May 1997
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore