The New Trailer for Scream 4 (HQ) and How it Reminded Me that Scream is Kind of One of the Most Important Movies of the 90s

When I got word that a new Scream 4 trailer had hit the Web yesterday evening, it got me thinking about why the original Scream is — after 14 years — one of the most significant cinematic works of the 20th century (bear with me, haters) and arguably one of the most influential films of this Gen Y-er’s adolescence.

It seems like only yesterday I was hustling my way into one of only two movie theaters in (this) town, where Scream was the only film playing, for my first R-rated movie experience without the company of a consenting legal guardian.

That was Dec. 1996, the month the first Scream was released, surprising all of Hollywood by ultimately grossing just over $103 million by the end of its marathon run in theaters through spring 1997.

Thanks to a pitch-perfect cameo in the film’s hilarious, blood-curdling opening scene, which lasted no more than 10 minutes, Drew Barrymore was reborn a legitimate actress and found herself suddenly on a fast track to Charlie’s Angels and Adam Sandler movies.

In the role of the snotty, self-entitled TV reporter Gail Weathers, Courtney Cox offered proof that she could play something that wasn’t Monica Geller. Scream also launched hers as the most successful film career of all the Friends, Jennifer Anniston included. (Not even Marley and Me makes up the deficit — in box office numbers — of all those late 1990s wannabe-Reality Bites bombs starring Ed Burns and post-Clueless/pre-Judd Apatow Paul Rudd.)

Read the rest and watch the trailer here.


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