Scream ★★★★½

No, please don't kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I wanna be in the sequel!

I watched the premiere of the Scream TV Series with my step daughter which of course led me to babble on about the film, Wes Craven, it's connections to Halloween, Halloween's connection to Psycho and how I like to imagine that all the Loomis' from each film are related. Yes I went off the rails a bit.

So that brings us to her watching Scream for the first time. I have to say watching it through her eyes upped my enjoyment of the film to an entire new level, I might have enjoyed it even more then the first time I watched it nearly 20 years ago.

Of course it was responsible for the "renaissance" of Hollywood slasher films in the late 90s resulting in some truly shitty horror films that have mostly already been forgotten, but this was a hit for a reason and it's because it's damn fun.

The fact that Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard and Jamie Kennedy are in this film and I still love it is a testament to Wes Craven's directing and Kevin Williamson's writing. Hell, if I'm going to be completely honest, I well... kinda like them in this film. Feels like a miracle on it's own.

On the flip side I have no shame at all in admitting that I adore Neve Campbell and Rose McGowan in this. Campbell is the perfect girl next door à la Jamie Lee Curtis with McGowan as the wild best friend, although it's still weird to this day seeing her as a blonde.

Some horror films are still trying to hit that fine line of meta/satire/horror that Craven hit here and fail miserably. This still holds up great and is just a hell of a lot of fun.

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