scream movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The film is very violent and bloody, but is suitable for older teens. Scream is also a decent murder-mystery film directed by Wes Craven.


A year after the murder of her mother, Sidney Prescott is terrorised by a killer who begins to kill her friends. When the they discover the killer uses horror movies as a part in his deadly game, she realises everyone she knows could be a suspect.

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Movie details

Director: Wes Craven
Cast: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore, Roger L. Jackson
Writer: Kevin Williamson
Release Date (Australia): 13 February 1997
Runtime: 111 minutes/1h 51m
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film features strong horror themes in the form of several depictions of murder, as well as scenes that feature sustained and sadistic sense of threat.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features horror violence in the form of several shooting and stabbing murders, resulting in graphic blood, gore and injury detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains aggressive use of words including “f**k”, “s**t”, “bitch”, “ass”, “damn” and “bastard”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains verbal references to drug use and “being high”.

Sex (M)

The film contains several crude references to sex and virginity, including use of the word “f**k” in a sexual context, as well as a brief scene of implied sexual activity.

mpaa rating

R (for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Overall, Scream is a very fresh entry to both raw teen slashers and exciting murder mysteries. It’s an original and iconic tale directed by Wes Craven and with a brilliant cast of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Thanks to the cast, the teenage characters are undeniably witty and appealing. And Roger L. Jackson, behind the spooky mask of the brutal Ghostface killer, definitely manages to portray a rough and aggressive murderer.

This superbly-written slasher is clever, entertaining and gripping. Highlighting a first-class whodunnit, Scream kicks off right where it all begins. The unhinged opening scene is probably one of the most engaging introductions of all horror movies. It sparkles up the entertaining mystery and is never afraid to get violent.

Although it’s an excellent movie, expect high levels of suspense and excitement, but don’t anticipate strong horror that isn’t just jump-scares. Tense music, fast chasing and the killer’s spooky appearance doesn’t automatically prove it’s terrifying.

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