“Do you like scary movies?”
It’s the signature question of the Ghostface killer, and if the answer is yes, then you’ll want to pick up “Scream” on 4K Ultra HD. Director Wes Craven’s 1996 horror classic is making its debut on 4K just in time for a Halloween rewatch.
While “Scream” is certainly a horror film, it’s not your average slasher. The extremely meta and self-referential storyline exposes all of the genre tropes that have come before “Scream,” and its menacing villain comes across as goofier than most. Still, there are plenty of scares to go around, plus blood and guts galore.
After a series of mysterious deaths befalls their small town, an offbeat group of friends led by Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) becomes the target of a masked killer. As the body count rises, Sidney and her friends turn to the “rules” of horror films to help navigate the real-life terror they’re living in. The film also stars Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, Rose McGowan and Drew Barrymore.
The 4K home release arrives with a mix of new and previously released bonus features, as the anticipation builds for the franchises’ newest film in January 2022. The extras are by no means extensive – especially for anyone who had previously picked up the “Scream” Blu-ray release in 2011, but the 4K upgrade alone makes this one worth adding to your collection.
Let’s take a look!
Special Features on 4K Ultra HD and Digital
- A Bloody Legacy: “Scream” 25 Years Later – Get ready for the fifth installment in the series with brand new interviews with the original cast as well as the newcomers for “Scream” (2022).
- Audio commentary by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson
- Production Featurette – Nothing fancy here, just a typical sizzle reel with cast and crew discussing the plot and their characters.
- Behind the Scenes – There are two snippets within this featurette, one focusing on Drew Barrymore’s iconic prologue to the film and the other a more general look at the filmmaking process.
- Q&A with Cast and Crew – Again, this featurette is split in two between two questions posed to the film’s stars: What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie? Why are People so Fascinated by Horror Films?
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.