In celebration of Halloween month, we thought why not throw caution to the wind for our Friday Night Movies series?
“Scream” is the brainchild of the legendary Wes Craven, released in late 1996 when the horror genre was quite stagnant, “Scream” wasn’t your typical slasher film; it’s a genre-bending game-changer that breathed new life into horror to became an instant success. The ghostface mask, the one-liners “What’s your favourite scary movie?” and “Do you like scary movies?”. Teenagers the world over were scared to answer their landline phones (remember those) at night.
So if you’re in the mood for a nostalgic horror hit, then “Scream” is your must-watch Friday night movie.
The story kicks off in the small town of Woodsboro, where a masked killer with a penchant for chilling phone calls and a sinister ghostface mask begins a murderous spree. Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell, finds herself at the centre of the chaos. As a survivor of her mother’s gruesome murder, she becomes the killer’s primary target.
The film brilliantly toys with our expectations as the characters themselves are well-versed in horror movie rules. The body count rises, secrets unravel, and the tension keeps us on the edge of our seats. And don’t even get me started on the iconic opening scene featuring Drew Barrymore — an unforgettable moment in horror cinematic history.
“Scream” boasts a stellar cast that delivers performances that are both chilling and charismatic. Neve Campbell’s portrayal of Sidney is a masterclass in the “final girl” trope. She’s strong, relatable, and the beating heart of the film.
Courteney Cox as the determined journalist Gale Weathers, David Arquette as the endearingly awkward Deputy Dewey, and Skeet Ulrich as the mysterious Billy Loomis all add depth to the film’s ensemble of characters.
And of course the most important cast member of them all — the unforgettable voice talent of Roger L. Jackson as the menacing Ghostface, whose phone calls will haunt your nightmares.
The critics have showered “Scream’ with love scoring a blood-curdling 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, proving that it’s more than just a basic slasher film; it’s a smart and savvy take on the genre. IMDb users concur, awarding it a solid 7.2/10 rating based on over 340,000 reviews.
Where To Watch Scream
Enjoy this week’s Friday Night Movies pick — just don’t dim the lights too much and be sure not to answer your phone.