Jeff Gordinier
January 17, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Scream (Music - Soundtrack)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
T Soundtrax
genre
Soundtracks

We gave it an A-

SCREAM (R) Poised on the knife edge between parody and homage, Wes Craven’s thriller is an ingeniously unsettling tribute to the splatterific teen horror films of the ’80s. The characters have been raised on endless VCR replays of those same films. And so the appearance of a psycho in their midst becomes a case of life imitating schlock. The killer’s mask suggests a plastic version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and it has the eerie effect of reflecting the audience’s — as well as the victim’s — fear right back at it. A-

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