Published September 23, 2012


Film info

  • Title Scream
  • Director Wes Craven
  • Year 1996
  • Run time 1hr 51m
  • Genres Crime, Mystery, Horror
  • Tagline Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far

Legendary director Wes Craven re-invented and revitalized the slasher-horror genre with this funny, clever and scary first film in the hit franchise. After a series of mysterious deaths, an offbeat group of scary movie fans become the target of a masked killer. As the body count begins, it's clear that the rules must be followed, and everyone's a suspect. David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore star in this semi-satire, all-scares first instalment.

Fast Facts

Title: Scream Director: Wes Craven Year: 1996 Run time: 1hr 51m

Background Info

After watching The Avengers, we were sort of at a loss as to what to watch next. There had been quite a big build up to that one, and the next time we sat down to watch a film, I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood for. In the end, we sourced Scream on Netflix. I’ve seen it before, Mr C hasn’t, and he’s not a big fan of horror, but I thought this would be mild enough and funny enough to make it worthwhile.

Live Blog

0:36 - It’s always the phones that age things. 3:08 - Mist rolling across the garden is always spooky. 8:32 - See, we don’t have big TVs like that anymore, so there’s nothing to hide behind! 14:07 - Her dad is freakishly tall. Or she is quite short. 18:12 - I can’t believe someone put Monica in a lime green suit. 19:57 - “Remember your principal loves you…” Oh dear. 22:43 - She has such a nice house, big ol' decking and balcony and stuff. 26:11 - This film is a prime example of why you should let calls go to voicemail. 30:29 - He is pretty flippin' creepy. I can see why she’d suspect him. I can’t see why she’d go out with him though! 33:32 - A cellular telephone! 37:18 - I want some pyjamas like that. And a big fluffy rabbit. 38:41 - Deputy Dewey is so cute! 42:01 - “Sorry I mangled your face.” 44:20 - You don’t tell someone to “get over” their mum dying. 45:43 - I don’t think the Principal loves them as much as he says he does. 52:14 - I hate it when you scare yourself with a mirror. 1:03:48 - I also quite like Lillard’s red robe. I can’t believe I’m watching a horror film and admiring all the bedwear. 1:06:10 - The garage door thing freaks me out. 1:11:02 - “But this is life, this isn’t a movie.” Think again, missus. 1:20:15 - Would she do all of that if she did still think it was him? 1:21:37 - I am amazed at the number of doors that have locks on them in these houses. 1:32:08 - Cotton Weary is an odd name. 1:36:19 - “Movies don’t create psychos, movies make psychos more creative.” 1:40:08 - I love that he has a feathery arm. 1:44:07 - She rustled up a new cameraman quick.


This was less jumpy than I had remembered it, but there are a lot of the lines that I recalled fondly and it was a fun ride going through it. There’s plenty of film in film references, which is something Mr C in particular likes, but as we don’t watch many horror films, a lot of the references went over our heads. It’s still a classic in my eyes, but perhaps wasn’t as great as I’d remembered it being.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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