Scream ★★★★½

Best. Opening. Ever.

Still holds up as the best in the franchise and a staple classic of the slasher genre that inspired so many to continue doing horror past the 90s. Everytime I watch it it gets better and knowing the twist(s) in advance (and the killers in the sequels) elevates it. What Scream does best is making everyone a suspect at some point and everytime you're convinced who the killer is, well you're wrong! I love the approach of having a humanized killer instead of an untouchable wall like Michael Myers, Ghostface can be pushed around and overpowered which adds unpredictability and realism. Well-cast attaching characters, alluring 90s aesthetics (clothes, hair, music... and the phones!!), bloody epic kills, great dialogue, filled with movie references and soo meta. Third act is wild, so many twists it just keeps throwing stuff at you.

Shoutout to Fred the janitor dressed like Freddy Kruger.

"Oh, you wanna play psycho killer? Can I be the helpless victim? Please don't kill me Mr. Ghostface, I want to be in the sequel."

"Movies don't create psychos! Movies make psychos more creative!"

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