Scream ★★★½

If influence were a rating then this would be a five-star review given what this did to the horror-movie landscape for the remainder of the 20th century. I say this not to be glib about its achievements, for which there are many. It's scary enough, funny enough, and filled with characters we either wish death upon or feign sadness when they do go. And it's all done with incredible skill given the director is Wes Craven. But unlike Craven's high-water mark - A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET - this one can't stick the landing and leaves just a few questions. But again, I can't watch this movie and not be reminded of high school. For better or worse.

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