Scream Trilogy (1996 – 2000)
Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, Cursed) put out a film in 1996 named Scream that took the horror world by storm. Scream spurred 2 sequels to form a trilogy until yet another sequel was made in 2011 (review on separate page). Scream took the teen slasher flick to a whole new level by making the killer someone we don’t know. A strong sense of mystery intertwines every character as we sort out who the killer could be. I was 14 years old when Scream came out an I remember being creeped out watching the movie.
Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) lives in the town of Woodsboro, where several years ago her mother was murdered. Sidney has tried to piece her high school life back together and her close friends have helped her, that is until several classmates at her high school start turning up brutally murdered. The killer is reported to wear a Ghost Face Halloween costume that is found at any shop in town. As more and more people end up dead, Sidney discovers that Ghost Face has ties back to her mother’s death and she plans to end it once and for all. Co-Starring David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Jamie Kennedy, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore, Liev Schreiber, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, and Henry Winkler.
Scream 2 takes place once Sidney (Campbell) has gone off to college. The events of the first movie have been written into a book by Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) named Stab. Scream 2 opens at the premier of Stab the movie and this is when the new Ghost Face makes his return. More slashing and hacking occurs and we are again left wondering who the killer is. Not as shocking as the first, but just as scary. Co-starring David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Chris O’Connell, Liev Schreiber, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Timothy Olyphant, Jada Pinkett, and Laurie Metcalf.
Scream 3 is the weakest of the trilogy mainly because it’s hard to keep up with originality when killing people in a ghost face costume. Craven tries to incorporate more of an intricate story in the 3rd movie by having Sidney (Campbell) learn more about her mother’s past but it’s a little too late for the audience to care. This time we are on the set of Stab 3 in LA and Ghost Face has returned to kill the actors off in the same order as their characters in the movie die. The killings draw Sidney, Gale and Dewey (Arquette) to the set and they discover a secret Maureen Prescott had been hiding since she was young. Co-starring Jenny McCarthy, Parker Posey, Scott Foley, Liev Schreiber and Patrick Dempsey.
9/10 Stars for Scream – Smart, clever and totally scary! Appears on my personal top 100 list
8/10 Stars for Scream 2 – Not as good as the first, but is a great quality sequel.
7/10 Stars for Scream 3 – If you watch the first 2, you have to see this one to finish the trilogy.
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