Scream ★★★★

This was my first time watching this, amazingly enough. It really can't be overstated how superb Drew Barrymore is in the opening scene. Everybody knows how it's going to turn out, but Wes Craven's masterful use of tension and Barrymore's heartbreakingly sincere performance make sure it's as powerful as it was in 1996. The rest of the movie is good too -- Craven is clearly an old pro, and so many of Chekhov's guns go off in really satisfying ways -- and the twists that I hadn't had spoiled for myself still really worked. it was a pretty terrific way to get into the Halloween spirit.

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