20 years, three sequels, multiple parodies and a Netflix series later, we still hear from horror fans, film critics and academics that Scream “deconstructed” and “revitalized” the genre for its fans. For the other 90% of the population, Scream was simply the first slasher movie worth paying to see in the theater (especially for the guys who finally found a willing female to accompany them). Having seen the 25-odd films referenced by Scream may heighten one’s appreciation, but this star-studded thrill ride stands on its own.

Director: Wes Craven

Screenplay by: Kevin Williamson

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan

Major nominations on original release : None

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