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Top 10 Best Trilogies: Scream


Feature by Jack Foley

8) Name: Scream 1, 2 and 3

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

Why so great?: Horror got a welcome kick up the backside when Wes Craven revitalized the slasher genre with the original Scream. By mixing standard horror conventions with a knowing, tongue in cheek approach, the director was able to keep audiences laughing and screaming in equal measure – terrifying them one minute, while amusing them with sly movie references the next. He also drew terrific performances from his emerging young cast, including David Arquette’s endearing Deputy Dewey. The opening moments of the original Scream, in particular, provided a trilogy highlight as Drew Barrymore was teased to her death by a mystery assailant. Scream 2 proved a pleasing sequel that thrived on the chemistry between real-life lovers Arquette and Cox, as well as some suitably gruesome deaths, and although Scream 3 eventually ran out of steam, it still managed to include some excellent sequences. It’s probably a controversial choice for inclusion but the Scream movies consistently delivered the chills, thrills and spills.

Key scenes: Drew Barrymore’s demise; Henry Wrinkler is killed; Randy explains the rules of the slasher movie; the final revelation (all Scream); Sarah Michelle Gellar is killed; Dewey surprises Gale Weathers by hinting at a higher intelligence; Randy is surprisingly killed; Officer Andrews and Officer Richards are killed; Dewey is stabbed; Mrs Loomis comes clean (all Scream 2); Cotton Weary is killed; Jenny McCarthy is killed; the pool-side explosion; the final revelations (all Scream 3).

Soundbite review: “Intelligence, wit and sophistication – at last, a horror movie to shout about!” – Time Out London on Scream

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