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by on October 19, 2012

The FashionIndie FilmInstitue (FIFI) gives the close-up on fashionable films from a bygone era. This week we take it all the way back to 1996 when the original — and best — Scream premiered.

Scream is notable for several reasons. Its clever and witty script skewering horror movie cliches written by the mouth of Dawson’s Creek, Kevin Williamson. For reviving the horror genre and leading to a series of copycats, sequels and parodies. For bringing together Courtney Cox and David Arquette — only for Scream 4 to poetically rend them apart.  And for reviving Drew Barrymore‘s career after the youngest breakdown and rehab stint in Hollywood history — the Barrymore blood runs deep and undistilled through that one.

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Though top-billed in the cast, Drew is killed off, in the vein of Marion Crane, within the first few minutes of the film. There’s a slasher on the loose in the quiet town of Woodsboro and he’s got his aim on a group of high school kids, particularly the perennially troubled Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell.

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Being the 90s, there are a number of that decade’s staples: neons, midriffs, miniskirts and chunky shoes immediately come to mind. Cox’s ballsy hyperbitch of a newswoman, Gail Weathers is always dressed to impress…

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…though Prescott is apparently too busy worrying about her friends dying to put on anything form-flattering.

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Meanwhile, the killer, Ghostface, not to be confused with the Ghostface Killah, combines the howling ghoulish face of Edvard Munch’s The Scream with the flattering silhouette of Psycho‘s Norman Bates.

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The winner of best-dressed death, however, goes to Rose McGowan‘s Tatum Riley, giving us 60s Mod realness with a chartreuse crop-top, psychedelic mini skirt and white gogo boots. Her lifeless body looks so good hanging from the garage door.

FashionIndie FilmInstitute: <i>Scream</i>

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Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail