Scream was released at the most perfect time for me. It was 1996 and I had recently turned 13 years old. It was that perfect age to be watching a movie like this which was part MTV generation take on the slasher films of the 1980s but by that same token it was a masterfully conceived piece of modern nostalgia necromanced to life by director/legend Wes Craven who had already done something similar more than a decade before with a little film called Nightmare on Elm Street! As a 13 year old this movie was the perfect early adolescent exposure to "high school aged" babes, twisted violence, and even a full on education in the classic rules of "slasher" cinema! With a masked killer that seemed to appear out of thin air in the night to stalk busty babysitters, Scream, and it's instantly iconic villain, Ghostface, became the standard for late 1990s horror and produced the only classic movie monster of the decade (sorry the fisherman from I Know What You Did Last Summer absolutely does not count!).
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