Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
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It’s actually a bit embarrassing to admit this, but I grew up thinking this film was (just) good; it never stood out to me. As the years have gone by, I started to appreciate it more, and it possibly has to do with the shifting perspective I now have on Horror-tropes. Scream changed the game before it really needed to be changed. It was five steps ahead when every other Horror movie was playing catch-up. Seeing it through the lens of the ultimate satirical take on the genre is the definitive way to watch it. After seeing what I have seen over the previous two decades, Scream now feels like an all-around brilliant film. Granted, these tropes existed prior to this movie’s release (clearly), but they really standout now.
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. Wes Craven is incredible at his craft. To give us callbacks like he does here is great, but to know when to scale-back is even better. Scream is tense, funny, terrifying in a standout way, and (crazy enough) unpredictable. Just the concept of this movie-obsessed killer running around doing what he/she does is so much fun. This rewatch got me even more fired up for the fifth installment. It’s also time to watch/rewatch the sequels. I recall bits and pieces, but all I know is that the first sets itself apart as one of the most fun Horror movies of all-time. It re-invented the “slasher-genre” as a whole. Also, Neve Campbell is the best.