There aren’t many movies that manage to reinvigorate a genre for an entire generation, but that’s exactly what “Scream” managed to do. With the fluid, experienced direction of Wes Craven, it’s impressively assembled and glides along seamlessly from the opening scene, itself a mini-masterpiece of escalating suspense that grabs the viewer by the throat and refuses to let go. Kevin Williamson’s extraordinarily clever screenplay manages to deconstruct the conventions of its genre without losing track of its characters and its intricate plot, and the climax is a downright bloodbath that keeps the viewers guessing. More than twenty years after its release, “Scream” is dated but no less effective than it was upon initial release, and its strengths are still just as evident as they were upon initial release.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)