Scream ★★★★★

"I am sorry if my traumatized life is an inconvenience to you and your perfect existence!"

Scream immediately knows what it is and where it's going from that brilliantly designed opening set piece with cover girl Drew Barrymore. Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson make a great team, the former's slasher sensibilities melding wonderfully with the latter's quippy sarcasm. Plus, we've got such a game cast!

Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, fantastically understanding being stuck as a Jamie Lee Curtis movie when she'd rather "be a Meg Ryan movie, or even a good porno". An immediately assured Courteney Cox making Gale Weathers fully realized and weirdly likeable even when she's being mean. David Arquette as dopey Dewey Riley, gotta love him. And of course Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard as Billy Loomis -- one of several Halloween allusions that stay working -- and Stu Macher.

Love the meta kills and how we get some that are illogical but so creative you just don't even care; do garages or televisions work like that? Plus we've got subversions of commentary -- love that "obligatory tit shot" that doesn't happen twice. And that delicious recipe of slapstick and slasher with Ghostface.

Onto Scream 2! I may do a ranked list after I make my way through the series.

"It's gonna be a Scream (Ranked), baby!"

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