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The Ultimate Scream Collection includes SCREAM: After a series of mysterious deaths, a seemingly peaceful community becomes a place where no one is safe . . . and everyone is suspect! SCREAM 2: Away at college, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell -- SCREAM, 54) thought she'd finally put the shocking murders that shattered her life behind her . . . until a copycat killer begins acting out a real-life sequel! SCREAM 3: While Sidney Prescott (Campbell) lives in safely guarded seclusion, bodies begin dropping around the Hollywood set of STAB 3, the latest movie sequel based on the gruesome Woodsboro killings!
When Randy the video geek rattles off the rules of surviving a horror movie in Wes Craven's Scream, he speaks for a generation of filmgoers who are all too aware of slasher movie clichés. Playfully scripted by Kevin Williamson with a self-aware wink and more than a few nods to its grandfathers (from Psycho to Halloween to the Friday the 13th dynasty), Scream skewers teen horror conventions with loving reverence while re-creating them in a modern, movie-savvy context. And so goes the series, which continues the satirical spoofing by tackling (what else?) sequels while sustaining its own self-contained mythology. Catty reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) turns grisly murders into lurid bestsellers, a cult of killer wannabes continues to hunt spunky psycho-survivor Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) for their 15 minutes of fame, and a cheesy movie series (Stab) develops within the movie series.
Scream remains the high point of the series--a fresh take on a genre long since collapsed into routine, but Scream 2 spoofs itself with witty humor ("Why would anyone want to do that? Sequels suck!" opines college film student Randy), and delights with more elaborate set pieces and all-new rules for surviving a horror movie sequel. The endangered veterans of the original film reunite one last time for Scream 3, which plays out on the movie set of Stab 3. (It's a trilogy within a trilogy!) With Williamson gone, replacement screenwriter Ehran Kruger tries to mine the formula one more time. It's a little tired by now, and pale imitations (Urban Legend, I Know What You Did Last Summer) have further drained the zeitgeist, but the film bubbles with bright humor, and director Craven is stylistically at the top of his game. As a trilogy, it remains both the most consistently entertaining and self-aware horror series ever made. --Sean Axmaker
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I love these three movies and they are my favorite horror movies of all time to date. However, I can only give this collection 4 stars.
One thing all three movies have an issue with is a tiny bit of a grainy transfer, but it is less in Scream 2 and 3.
Scream one is what is lacking the most overall. An anamorphic transfer would be great! Also, scream 2 and 3 have animated scene menus and scream 1 does not. Also, toward the end of the movie, after Billy and Stu reveal their plan to Syd and go through with it and stab each other, there is a small difference between the VHS and DVD Editions.
In the VHS edition, after the two stab each other, and Sydney looks at her Dad on the floor, we see a huge pool of Stu's blood on the kitchen floor. In the DVD edition, the focus is more on her father, and part of the frame is shortened so the blood is not seen. Another flaw in this chapter, is that in one DVD edition that i had and later had replaced, then Billy and Stu stab each other, the Camera stays too long on Sydney waiting for her to say "You two have seen one too many movies."
My only other complaint is that on the bonus disc, the scream game will not play, saying that there is some type of script error.
Other than that, there's only one thing to say about this boxed set. "It's a SCREAM Baby!" Not only for horror fans but any Wes Craven fan. This is the most extras on a Buena Vista release I have ever seen. Anyone else who has seen this set, knows what I mean. Buena Vista DVD releases are notorious for lacking extras.
After you see this boxed set, make sure you re-ask yourself this question: "What's your favorite scary movie?"
Scream: Instant classic! The scariest movies are the ones that could happen in real life. Theres no reason why some kids couldn't just go out, buy a Scream costume, and start carving up their friends. Billy and Stu have grown up watching the same scary movies we all have, Halloween, Elm Street, etc. The only difference is they took it too far and wanted to know what its like to be a killer! So they terrorize the small, isolated town of Woodsboro by stalking and gutting unsuspecting teens. This movie, however bloody, is much more than that. We meet people we can actually relate to and care about. Like Sidney Prescott, our heroin, Randy, nerdish horror film buff, Dewey, the town deputy, Tatum, Sidneys best friend, and of course Billy and Stu! Throw into the mix the t.v. anchor Gale Weathers and you've got a fresh whodunit! Easily one of my all time favorite scary movies! The best scenes: Tatum in the garage, Billy and Stu at the end of the movie.
The soundtrack is just OK. I would've liked the score better than just a bunch of cut n paste, 90's, one hit wonders.
Scream 2: Sidney goes to college. Gail writes a book about the Woodsboro murders, which is made into a movie. Someone decides to copy the movie and go after Sid. But, theres a twist. Billys mom is very upset at Sid for offing her son so she hires some kid to go after Sidney. The "mom comes back for revenge" is a great homage to the first Friday the 13th, but Laurie Metcalf (from Rosanne.) is sooo weak as Billys mom. She really ruins the end. Picture her charechtor on Rosanne, but just really mad. Laurie is a one dimensional actress. This movie had to grow on me, but I love it now. I'm still upset that they killed Randy! Why? He's essential to the entire trilogy! All he wanted was for Sid to love him. Dewey and Gail are back as well. Dewey is just a human pin cushion! In Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Elm St. the killers always come back no matter what you do to them, but Dewey is the victim who always comes back no matter what the killers do to him!
Best scenes: Trapped in the cop car! Randy getting the call from the killer!
Soundtrack completely blows! Features more forgettable 90's acts. Once again, I want the score!
Scream 3: This time their making a sequel to the Woodsboro murders and Sid finds herself on the set. This is the weakest of the 3 by far! What a rip off ending! Sid has a long lost brother? Whatever...I do like how intense the killer chases everyone around in this one. He stops at nothing to get his prey. The dead mom in the window thing is very scary. Sidney is more of an emotional wreck in this one, locking herself in her house. She does'nt really show up in the movie for almost an hour though. But, this is a Scream movie so I do like it. I'll watch the first two a couple of times before I watch this one, but I still watch it. Pincushion Dewey is back for more as is Gail and Randys sister? Weak! That whole scene, w/that tore up from the floor up girl who plays Randys sister is lame. Best scene: Sids dead mom scraping the window with her bloody fingers! Great stuff.
Soundtrack: The worst one ever! Featuring 90's cover bands Creed (doing their best Pearl Jam. Oh, Scotty you're such a rock star!) and Godsmack (such a rip off of Alice in Chains they named their band after one of their songs!) Slipknot is cool though, but buy their album for the song. This one actually has a score cd that you can buy. You can buy the Scream/Scream2 score as well, but they are on one cd and very editted.
Well, the one thing you will notice about these movies is Courtney Cox looks progressivly worse from the first to last. Scream one shes a hotty, Scream 2 shes starting to slip, but still ok, Scream 3, you can tell shes married because her looks are gone, finito, bye-bye!
If you're a huge Scream buff, like me, you can buy the "Stab" movie posters on Ebay! Theres a few different types though, so check for them all. Just type in Scream Stab and search.
Well, gotta go, enjoy, my cell phones ringing...... ;)