It may seem strange, but I've never actually seen Scream in a cinema, on the big screen. It may very well be the film that (quite literally) shaped a large portion of my movie-watching teenage years and changed my life from a somewhat movie-enjoying kid to a full on addict, but when Wes Craven's revolutionary horror film arrived in Australian cinemas in February of 1997 I was but a 12-year-old who didn't really follow the cinema new releases with such a fervent obsession like I would now. My brother went to see it and was appropriately in love (he would purchase the soundtrack that I would eventually steal from him) so I was certainly aware of its existence, but being rated MA15+ and being hopelessly embarrassed to ask a parent to take me I went without until a day off sick from school resulted in watching it on video. [insert sentence about "remember those? lol!" and "remember when video stores had actual videos? lol!" etc!] Things changed rather quickly, obviously.
The Blair Witch Project went off without a hitch, unless you count the truly dumbfounding comments my guest and I overheard once it was over. I am not kidding when I tell you that one girl actually said "The second one is so much better. It's like a proper movie." Head, meet desk repeatedly. That girl did not deserve to watch Scream after that and I blame her for the technical issues that eventually brought the double feature to a 1am halt. Scream began, but we quickly realised things were not as they should be as we sat there chowing down on popcorn watching Drew Barrymore interact on the telephone sans dialogue. Uh-oh! Oh sure, it was fun at first to start reciting the dialogue we knew by heart, like we were at Scream 4's "stab-a-thon", but after several more aborted attempts at getting the film going we were officially told that they couldn't continue and that we were to leave with movie tickets/refunds in hand. Such a disappointing end to an evening that had promised such fun.
So, with that out of the way I sadly have to still say I've never had the chance to see Scream on a big scream. Casey's inside on the outside writ large will just have to wait for another time, but until then I hope to finally get my Scream to Scream, Scene by Scene project up and running again after a hefty break. I know many of you have been waiting for it and you may finally be getting your wish.