The film that made horror movies "cool" again during the 1990s. Set in the small town of Woodsboro, it seems someone has turned psycho after watching one horror film too many and turned into a masked killer, who's busy carving his way through the local teen population.
The killer seems to have taken a particular interest in young Sidney Prescott (played by the ever lovely Neve Campbell in an early role). Who they spend most of the film bombarding with menacing phone calls and chasing round with a knife.
The police investigate, but are completely baffled. None more so than bungling cop Deputy "Dewey" Riley (David Arquette) who contributes very little to the film, apart from providing comic relief.
However, one of Sidney's friends, Randy (Jamie Kennedy), thinks he knows what's going on. The killer is using classic horror movie cliche's to carry out his murders and so to illustrate his theory, holds a horror movie party showing selected clips from his favourite scary films. Of course, their party is subsequently gate crashed by the killer, who proceeds to wipe out Sidney's friends in a number of extremely inventive, not to mention gory, ways.
Directed by Wes Craven, who struck gold when he partnered up with writer Kevin Williamson for this feature, this film was terrific fun. Which plays both as a serious horror film, and as a parody, that simultaneously mocks the very cliches it uses.
There's some great gags and an excellent supporting cast, including Courtney Cox, who plays an obnoxious news reporter, Matthew Lilliard and young Rose McGowan as a couple of Sidney's friends and even Drew Barrymore, who makes a brief but significant appearance during the intro.
If you haven't seen this, you really should. It's a Scream!!!!