Scream [WS] [Collector's Series] [DVD] [1996]

  • SKU: 2672034
  • Release Date: 04/15/2011
  • Rating: R
Cardmember Offers


Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (34 out of 35)


Scream is at once a slasher film and a tongue-in-cheek position paper on the "dead teenagers" movies of the late 1970s/early 1980s that plays as half-parody, half-tribute. Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is having a rough time lately: she's still getting over the brutal rape and murder of her mother a year ago, and now one of her friends (Drew Barrymore) has been killed by a lunatic who harassed her with terrifying phone calls, then stabbed her to death while wearing a Halloween costume. Soon Sydney is receiving similar phone calls, quizzing her on the arcane details of such films as Friday the 13th and Prom Night, and is attacked by the same cloaked maniac. With her father missing, she has hardly anyone on her side except her best friend Tatum (Rose McGowan) and Tatum's brother Dewey (David Arquette), a half-bright cop. As for the murderer, it could be any number of people: Syd's father; her cute but overly intense boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ullrich); Tatum's goofball boyfriend Stuart (Matthew Lillard); or Randy (Jamie Kennedy), who works at the local video store and seems to like horror movies just a little too much. Much like Halloween, Scream spawned a series of sequels and inspired a large number of similar films -- its original working title, Scary Movie, became the title of the 2000 parody film by Damon Wayans. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Liev Schreiber
    Liev Schreiber - Cotton Weary
  • Neve Campbell
    Neve Campbell - Sidney Prescott
  • Courteney Cox
    Courteney Cox - Gale Weathers
  • David Arquette
    David Arquette - Dewey Riley
  • Skeet Ulrich
    Skeet Ulrich - Billy Loomis

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The first and best post-modern horror film


    Scream has been parodied so many times over by now that it's easy to forget what a great horror film it really is. Wes Craven was one of the forerunners of the slasher genre with his creation of Nightmare On Elm Street. Along with Nightmare's predecessor Halloween, and the later Friday the 13th series, Craven helped create the slasher genre along with its abundance of eventual cliches and tired plot points. Nearly 20 years after Craven helped start the genre, he and screenwriter Kevin Williamson effectively jump started it and turned it on its head with the creation of the movie Scream. Scream is a self-aware horror film in the best sense of the term. It pays tribute to nearly every film that came before it, but still manages to point out and subvert nearly every slasher cliche that plagued those films. And not only is Scream an intelligent horror film in that post modern sense, but it's just a darn good horror film all its own. The plot constantly keeps the viewer guessing, and the twists never stop. Unlike most slasher films where the viewer already knows who the killers is, Scream is a wonderfully written whodunit that keeps the viewers brain engaged throughout the entire running time. After just watching the film again recently, it still holds all of its power and intelligence. Although it has been parodied ad nauseum thanks to the Scary Movie franchise, it doesn't diminish any of the power of the original, but in a way almost further proves what an amazing film it really is. With Scream 2 and Scream 3 Craven tried to carry on the legacy, and although they have some very good ideas in them, they don't come anywhere near the masterpiece status of the original. I know it's become in vogue to lambast Scream for starting the post-modern horror craze as well as the numerous horror film parodies, but the film itself is still just as amazing as ever over ten years later.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great slasher movie/satire


    Scream is Wes Craven's satiorical look at the genre he helped create (with the making of the Nightmare on Elm Street series): the teen slasher flick. Scream works quite well as both a slasher and a satire, and the result is definitely a contemporary classic. It's the story of Sydney Prescott, a high school girl whose mother was brutally murdered a year ago, allegedly by a man named Cotton Weary who is now on death row. Now, Sydney suddenly begins to get threats from an unknown person who mentions her mother's killing. Soon, a string of murders comes out, and the small town that Sydney lives in is in an uproar. Sydney must stop this killer before he has the chance to kill her. It's a straightforward enough idea, but there are penty of twists in the plot throughout the film, and a pretty good twist at the end that will likely shock those who haven't seen the film or its spawn of spoofs and copycats (especially Scary Movie). this is a good slasher film, but it's also something more than that, and if you enjoy the genre, then you shouldn't miss out on this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Craven dismantles & reinvigorates horror

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    1996, smack dab in the middle of one of the worst decades for horror cinema, one of its revered masters, Wes Craven, takes apart the slasher flick, pokes fun at its guts AND manages to provide memorable scares. A slew of latter-day slashers sprouted up in the wake of SCREAM's raging box office success, some fun, many stupid. But the public & the film industry were nonetheless reminded of something important: WE LOVE SCARY MOVIES. Originally titled SCARY MOVIE, Craven's movie gave us slashers who grew up watching slashers & a Scooby-Doo plot that's sure to entertain. As a hardcore fan of horror cinema, this gem gave me blood, scares, creeps & a fun, knowing reminder of all the little pieces that add up to a fine, fun freaky movie. With this, the SCARY MOVIE series would never have been born (not the worst thing, maybe) AND the following decade's earnest return to creative, outside-the-lines horror movies most likely would have been stuck at the drawing board.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best movie of the ninetys


    Now a days there has been a lot of remake of movie that come out some good some not so good.The only movie that is not a remake and still growing strong are the saw movies.Before there were the saw movie there was the movie that stands out there in my eyes as the best horror movie I have seen and that is Scream.Scream came out at a time when I was younger and sort of getting out of horror movies and sticking more near action movies.My sister saw this movie when came out and she like it so much she recommend it to me to see when it came out on vhs.When I saw it I was blowing away by how good it was.The story mock other horror movies and even have little spoof to old horror movies.The story is about a killer that has seen way to many horror movie that kills teenager in such neat ways.If you love horror movie you should see scream it is such a great horror movie that will stand out to the test of time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of a kind horror film

    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    This is a great scary movie by Wes Craven. It is a great suspense from beginning to end and trying out to figure out who the killer is. Drew Barrymore is in this movie and does a wonderful job in a never like before opening scene to a movie and gets you into the movie within the first couple of minutes. It was scary the first time I saw it. Every Halloween I break out the trilogy and watch them they are such good movies. It is not a slasher movie that you are used to. It is revolutionary in the fact that is was a new kind of suspense horror film that no horror series compares to. I upgraded to blu-ray and the sound and picture are amazing. Bought them for 7.99 each on sale at Best Buy but even at 14.99 they are worth purchasing you will watch them plenty of times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product!


    I am so glad that Scream is now on blu-ray. I wasn't expecting the quality to be good on this format, but I was pleasantly surprised. The audio quality, full HD, is so awesome. You can pick up on the smallest sounds that you could'nt have noticed on the dvd. The picture quality is superb as well. You can see pores in people's faces. However, I didn't like the special features. The special features are the same as the dvd...and not in high definition. The movie overall is the best $15 you can buy. Just buy it for the awesome audio and visual appearance. Pick up Scream 2 as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



    The acting in this movie (along with everything else in this movie ) is percise to the capital P becase basically eveyting is configured in such a good way that it is almost impossible to change it to make it look any better. The acing is great,the storyline is great, and the dialouge will be rmembered forever (ex. "What's your favorite scary movie" or"Hello, Cindy").The one and only default is that it is very predictible, once you see a character, you can pretty much tell if he/ or she is going to die. If you love scary movies and have never seen this please do me a favor and go buy it now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ghostface begins his/her legacy

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    By the 90s, slasher films were getting so repetitive that the horror genre was thought to be dead. But in 1996, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson released what I consider to be one of the best horror films ever made. It brought with it not only a great plot, but a cast of characters that were so interesting that it made the film so realistic. Any fan of horror owes a debt of thanks to Scream because it resurrected the horror genre and produced some of the more recent horror classics, becoming a classic itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.