Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
RATING: 4.5 Stars
A year after her mother’s death, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: What’s your favorite scary movie? Along with much scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro – From IMDB
I must have seen this film thirty times. It stands out to me as one of the greatest, if not the greatest slasher film of all time, and helped to kick start the slasher movie trend of the late nineties and early noughties. Spoiler alert, most of those films were not even half as good as this one. This was a genre redefining moment for horror films, and to this day remains one of my all time favourite horror films.
The humour is spot on, even for someone like me that often dislikes comedies. Matthew Lillard in particular is at the top of his comedy game here. Some of my favourite quotes from this film belong to him. I love that this film doesn’t take things too seriously. Even though there are some horrible events going on, they aren’t afraid to really pack in the laughs. It also chooses to poke fun at the horror genre in general, and outlines the now famous horror movie rules, which continue to evolve as the franchise continues.
It does a fabulous job of building suspense and mystery. And also isn’t afraid to kill off any of it’s main characters, well almost any. None of your favourites are safe. The mystery element was really well handled and lead to one of the most famous reveals in horror movies ever. Just when you thought you knew what was going on, it threw another curveball at you and you were aback at square one. Later installments in the franchise do this less well, but I am sure when this first film came out peoples jaws hit the floor when the killer was finally revealed.
It’s safe to say that if you somehow haven’t seen this film before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. It’s spooky season, and what better way to celebrate than with the best slasher film of them all.