Why the horror movie is easier to admire than love

"Scream" was released in 1996 by Dimension Films.
The film was written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven.

“Scream,” which turns 25 this year, is a smart horror movie. It’s a self-aware horror movie. It’s a knowing horror movie. It’s — and this is a crucial ingredient — a scary horror movie.

But is it a great horror movie?

I don’t think so.

I’ll pause here while you yell, throw something or otherwise express your disappointment, disagreement and displeasure. (Note: Angry emails are also fine, but let’s keep it civil out there.)

This doesn’t mean “Scream” isn’t a good movie — it is. It’s just too meta for its own good, to the point where it’s not about anything as much as it is about itself.

‘Scream’ is easier to admire than enjoy, especially at 25

But there’s no denying that it is an important movie, and an influential one. If the movie itself isn’t great, its impact surely is.