Director: Wes Craven
About This DVD
Scream is at once a slasher film and a tongue-in-cheek position paper on the "dead teenagers" movies of the late 1970s/early 1980s that plays as half-parody, half-tribute. Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is having a rough time lately: she's still getting over the brutal rape and murder of her mother a year ago, and now one of her friends (Drew Barrymore) has been killed by a lunatic who harassed her with terrifying phone calls, then stabbed her to death while wearing a Halloween costume. Soon Sydney is receiving similar phone calls, quizzing her on the arcane details of such films as Friday the 13th and Prom Night, and is attacked by the same cloaked maniac. With her father missing, she has hardly anyone on her side except her best friend Tatum (Rose McGowan) and Tatum's brother Dewey (David Arquette), a half-bright cop. As for the murderer, it could be any number of people: Syd's father; her cute but overly intense boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ullrich); Tatum's goofball boyfriend Stuart (Matthew Lillard); or Randy (Jamie Kennedy), who works at the local video store and seems to like horror movies just a little too much. Much like Halloween, Scream spawned a series of sequels and inspired a large number of similar films -- its original working title, Scary Movie, became the title of the 2000 parody film by Damon Wayans.
While Scream (1996) was a funny, scary deconstruction of the slasher genre, its follow-up is just another horror sequel. The opening movie-theater sequence is even well-worn, being almost a shot-for-shot reconstruction of the beginning of He Knows You're Alone (1981), complete with a spooky trip to the restroom. The rest of the film follows tradition slavishly, and although the young cast is appealing and there are some nice individual moments, this film matches its predecessor neither in scares nor entertainment. Younger viewers -- who may not recognize every plot twist instantly -- should get a kick out of it anyway, but dedicated genre fans will be able to play connect-the-dots with the familiar storyline.
Wes Craven's Scream (1996) was a half-parody of/half-tribute to the first wave of slasher films of the 1970s and 1980s, and, since most of them spawned a large number of sequels, it's only appropriate that Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson should produce a third installment of their Scream franchise. This time, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) has decided to go after a career as an actress, so she heads for Los Angeles and lands a role in a low-budget horror film (for which her life in recent years has prepared her quite well). The shooting of this film takes her back to her home town of Woodsboro, where history repeats itself as a masked killer starts murdering members of the cast and crew. In addition to Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette return from the first two films, while new members of the cast include Parker Posey and Patrick Dempsey. Kevin Williamson wrote the original story, but the screenplay was penned by Ehren Kruger.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround, DD 2.0 Stereo|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
|Country Made:||United States|
|Year Made:||1996 / 1997 / 1998|
|Special Features:||Comes with Scream Mask
Commentary by Director & Writer, Production Featurette, Behind the Scenes (On the Scream Set, Drew Barrymore), Q & A with the Cast & Crew (What’s your favorite scary movie?, Why are people so fascinated by horror films?), Special Effects Gallery, Trailers(Red Band Trailer, Green Band Trailer), TV Spots
Commentary by Director & Crew, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, Music Video (Master P “Scream”, Kotton Mouth Kings “Suburban Life”)
Commentary by Director & Crew, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, Behide the scenes, Montage, Alternate Ending, Theatrical Trailer, International Trailer, TV Spots, Creed Music Video "What If
Behide the Scenes, "scream" Outtakes, Screen Tests (Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy), The Cutting Room
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