The first two "Scream" movies were clever, building great suspense while poking fun at other horror movies. This one attempts to wrap up the trilogy and remain as sharp as those entries, but falls a bit short. It gets too frantic near the end and tidies things up too neatly. But a worthwhile rent anyway. (as with many horror franchises, this one was resurrected in 2011 with a plan for 3 sequels, starting with "Scream 4")
Modern Horror Classic
Reviewed by criddic2 for Scream at 2011-04-22 01:00:42
Like the movies that are paid homage to in Wes Craven's and Kevin Williamson's clever sleeper hit, "Scream" is the best in its franchise. It also remains one of the better entries in the horror genre of the last 25 years. We so rarely see characters in horror movies that are smart and likable, not to mention in a script filled with fun lines and suspense-driven direction.
Reviewed by Meg for Scream at 2010-04-07 17:00:22
Good mixture of comedy and horror. Plus, it comes with a memory for me. My brother said "You haven't seen enough scary movies, so let's see 'Scream.'" This was Christmas Eve, realize; a lamb dinner was ready at the point when the principal was killed, and I couldn't even look at the meat! LOL
It's hard not to like Drew Barrymore in this, as contrived and silly as the script it. It does remind one of some 80s classics like Pretty in Pink or Breakfast Club. Barrymore remembers her painful past as a dorky outcast high schooler, who can now re-do her past, as a 'cool girl', by posing as a new student at a high school to do an expose journalism story. It's hard to imagine Barrymore, with her elegance, playing 'dorky' but her performance is probably one of her best, I found myself rooting for her in the 'cliff-hanger' type finale.
Fun, Campy Horror
Reviewed by KHL for The Tripper at 2008-04-14 11:30:17
First time director Arquette has a definite agenda here about conservatism, but if you like movies like Cabin Fever and Dead End, you will like this fun romp. A VW vanful of modern day young hippies venture to an outdoor 'Free Love' music-fest, only to be stalked by a Ronald Reagan mask-wearing psycho. Highlights include Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) as a sleazy concert promoter, Jason Mewes (Jay from Clerks) as a drugged out hippie, and Thomas Jane as an unflappable sheriff. Don't look for spooky, scary here, but it's fun, fun, fun to watch!