Scream ★★★★★

"Do you like scary movies?"

Wes Craven's iconic classic is a near-perfect post-modern horror film. It pokes fun at hoary old slasher movie cliches before cleverly deploying and twisting them to its own fluid, truly unnerving ends. The setpieces are exciting and tremendously constructed, the characters are engaging and superbly realised, the acting is top notch. While Drew Barrymore was the biggest name in the cast at the time of release, the film helped to put a few new names on the map, including David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard and Rose McGowan.

Moreover, the film goes deeper than its own immaculate and self-determinedly smartass construction, by satirising the creeping process of desensitisation towards the horrific, the inherently prejudiced nature of suspicion, and the reflective relationship between fictional and real-life violence.

Truly thrilling stuff, with a high rewatchability factor.

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