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movie review - Scream

the journal of Michael Werneburg

twenty-seven years and one million words

Toronto, 1997.01.01

This is a slasher pic, a spoof. The spoof part is amusing, and it was fun watching the audience jump. But it's beyond silly in the way the characters are constantly talking about what's going on in semi-detached Hollywood in-joke language. This shtick gets boring quickly, but it doesn't let up. It gets so ironically detached that one character only really snaps out of it after he's been stabbed repeatedly, and even then, it's not quite an effective response. No one is that hip. The supposedly intelligent one providing most of the commentary actually sounds like an abstracted know-it-all, the sort you'd expect to run into at a video store. So, while it is good mindless fun for a hangover, perhaps, I didn't like the tone and found the gore a little much.

Not recommended.

P.S. I went to see it at the Canada Square cinema with Jon, Charlie, and EraƱo. We were hungover and it's a new year, so I thought, I'll write reviews of all these movies we're seeing, and publish them somewhere. And that's what this is.

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Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there.

—Anton Chekhov