review by Bobby Blakey
Back in 1996 the late horror icon Wes Craven teamed up with writer Kevin Williamson to change the slasher genre with Scream. The film not only spawned 3 sequels in 1997, 2000 and 2011 as well as a TV series that ran for 3 seasons on MTV. Now with the new chapter on its way to the big screen what better time than now to revisit the one that started it all in stunning 4K?
Scream follows a series of mysterious deaths that befalls a small town leading and an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott that becomes the target of a masked killer. As the body count rises, Sidney and her friends turn to the “rules” of horror films to help navigate the real-life terror they’re living in. The film also stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan, and Drew Barrymore.
This flick to the world of the slasher and turned it upside down. It not only paid homage to those that came before it, but also kind of parodied them as well in brilliant fashion. The late brilliant Wes Craven had already established himself as a horror icon, but with this film he further cemented it bringing something fresh to the genre. The opening to the film breaks all the rules with a big star being taken out right away letting you know this is not your usual slasher flick.
Over the years that have been others doing similar things, but this one holds up as the best of its kind. The cast are all great and the kinds of characters with just enough layers to be engaging but still simple enough to not get lost in the details. I love this film and its still holds up to perfection. This latest version looks excellent with the 4K transfer making the film all the better.
This release not only includes the film in glorious 4K, but bonus content including Q&A with cast and crew, behind the scenes, production featurette, commentary and the feature “A Bloody Legacy: Scream 25 Years Later”. Prepare for the new entry in the franchise and the 25th Anniversary of the original and grab your copy of Scream available now on 4K for the first time ever from Paramount Home Entertainment.