Scream – The Giallo Cut
Directed by suspense master Wes Craven and with music by Italian progressive rock band Goblin, “Scream – The Giallo Cut” will leave you breathless.
I never tried to make Scream feel like BLANK movie. Even though the primary music used was from Suspiria, I wasn’t trying to make the plot, dialogue, characters and events more like Suspiria. I'm not trying to change Scream from being Scream too much as I love that movie and think it is perfect how it is. Nor am I trying to replace Scream. I did see some opportunities to tone down the meta aspects of Scream but it’s still a horror film about people who know and love horror films.
I wanted this to feel like a movie you would find at a garage sale.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER ABOUT THIS FANEDIT
This edit was sourced from the uncut VHS of Scream. This was done primarily as a throwback to the picture quality of Italian horror films from the 70s. It is intended to be watched on an older CRT television. Prepare yourself to see some ghosting artifacts, frame blending and static at the top and bottom of the frame. I highly suggest you watch the Opening Sequence clip before you download so you can see what you're in for.
If you watch it on an older TV the flaws don't show up as much in the picture. Older TVs will crop off the edges and reduce the static and the picture will look fairly crisp (for VHS standards). Newer TVs will pick up the flaws a lot more and leave you with a terrible picture.
Of course, you could manually set your HDTV to crop the picture to 16:9 to get rid of the static at the top and bottom, but then you'd be watching a cropped version of a cropped film. ,evil laugh,
Hugs and kisses,
Emmanuelle In Space - One Last Fling – 23 seconds
Strip Nude For Your Killer – 2 seconds
The New York Ripper – 2 seconds
I Really Hate My Job – 1 second
Slaughter Hotel – 1 second
I would like to thank the following people for their support, feedback & ideas: blueyoda, Frantic Canadian, Gatos, njvc, Sonny Baker, Dwight Fry, L8wrtr, TMBTM, Reave, g1orkatsos, juize4z0, Kal-El, TM Productions.
No thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board.
- Music by Goblin has been used throughout. Most of Beltrami's music has been either been removed or quieted. I tried to remove a lot of the dramatic STINGS, but a good amount remains. At some points music by Goblin and music by Beltrami play together, with Beltrami segueing into Goblin and then a healthy Beltrami/Goblin mix. Some audio cuts are intentionally abrupt, but nothing too terrible. Some parts are loud as shit and some parts are quiet. If this is gonna bother you, feel free to leave a negative rating.
- Flashbacks have been added showing Maureen's death. Some quick flashbacks show Maureen's slutty nature. The footage is mainly taken from giallo films of the 70s. Maureen's tits do not match. (I won't say exactly where footage has been added so that there's still some mystery I guess.)
- The uncut VHS is used. It is 1.33:1 and looks terrible. The top of the picture is all messed up and the bottom of the picture has static. There are natural interlacing issues that were a creative choice to keep. There are some ghosting artifacts due to it being a 15 year old VHS, but the editor has tried to minimize those as much as possible. This is intended to be watched on a tube TV. If you can't stand anything less than 1080p I urge you to watch this with your eyes taped open.
- The movie is rated NC-17! No children under 18 will be admitted.
- New opening title sequence. It looks like a 6 year old made it.
- Neve Campbell shows her tits, TWICE.
- VHS titles cards and a trailer added to beginning of the edit.
- Cut "would you settle for a PG-13 relationship?" But added some boobs.
- Cut "my name isn't Jesus."
- Cut "They got any more donuts in there?"
- Cut dialogue about cellular telephones between the Sheriff and Billy.
- Cut "He's my superior!" "A janitor's your superior."
- Red Right Hand by Nick Cave remains!
- Cut Linda Blair's cameo.
- Cut "Is your brain leaking?"
- Cut the stuck up bitches in the bathroom.
- Cut Stu's little air guitar move after inviting Sidney to his party. (Since some frames were cut in the Director’s Cut making it look awkward, I just cut the whole thing.)
- Wes Craven has no dialogue.
- Cut "You're starting to sound like a Wes Carpenter flick."
- Cut the discussion about who would play Sidney if they made a movie.
- Cut The Rules of Successfully Surviving A Horror Film.
- Cut the on-the-nose "Here comes the obligatory tit shot!" (And the other cutaways to the kids watching Halloween were omitted.)
- Added boobs to Billy & Sidney’s sex scene.
- Cut "Anthony Perkins, Psycho."
- Cut "The same stuff they used for pig's blood in Carrie."
- Cut Stu's shocked look when Billy tells Sidney his father was having an affair with Sidney's mother.
- Cut "You're no longer a virgin. Oops! I said virgin... Those are the rules." ("Now you gotta die" remains.)
- Cut Stu saying "I'll be right back."
- Cut "Right here, asshole."
- Cut "I never thought I'd be so happy to be a virgin."
I don't know if there's any song I cut completely 100%. Most songs still play softly with new songs added on top of them. If you listen carefully you'll hear them, but if you just listen normally you won't notice (hopefully).
I added the song "The Naked and the Dead" by Andi Sex Gang.
Footage added from the following movies:
- Bird With The Crystal Plumage
- The New York Ripper
- Strip Nude For Your Killer
- I Really Hate My Job
- Emmanuelle In Space - One Last Fling
- Slaughter Hotel
"OK, so… have I covered everything? Are there any questions, any comments?"
Director's Cut Comparison
A/V Quality - 9 - Honestly, I thought this was going to bother the shit out of me. I can be a bit of a quality snob sometimes. But I was immediately taken back to the glorious time that was the late 90s and not only did it not bother me, I loved it. I just can't rate it a 10 because, you know, it looked like crap. But Neg's intentions are fully realized.
Visual Editing - 10 - I love Scream, and I love this. The additional footage was perfect and it was added in such a way that it didn't take me out of it at all. Well done. Also, I loved the trailer at the front that you have to FF through or watch, and when I saw that 'Feature Presentation' I felt like I was a teenager again.
Audio Editing - 9 - I gotta be honest. Neg used Goblin's music better than I did. Super well done here. Some standout audio work and choices for me were during Billy and Sidney's almost sex scene, Sidney's first conversation with Ghostface (how it cuts when she talks to him on the porch), little sting as Billy looks at Sidney in the police station, the actual Billy/Sidney sex scene (that was fucking perfect), the killer reveal and the Ghostface theme throughout. Perfect. I only have to rate it a 9 because I did not like the music when Sidney attacks Billy at the end at all. It seemed very at odds with the scene IMO.
Narrative - 10 - Dope movie, nothing lost, breasts added.
Enjoyment - 9 - I really enjoyed this edit. Obviously I'm a fan of the music but it is used so well here. Scream is great but to be able to enjoy it the way I first owned it + Goblin tunes = awesome.
Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Neg. Really glad you did.
Overview - Groundbreaking and fresh when first released, Scream has now been copied and parodied so much that return viewings now seem stale and predictable. Neglify drags a rather scrubbed and polished film straight into grindhouse hell. And the result is so much the better.
Video - Awful, by design. Cropped to 4.3 to resemble the VHS experience. The top of the screen suffers pronounced curling and distortion. Noise appears at random times, as does flutter. Then there are surprise, inserted scenes. Colour does not match, nor does brightness or focus. That said, the video itself did not suffer from over used damaging.
Audio - Pretty good here. I warble frequently about not being able to transition from deafening explosions to whispered dialogue, but no problem here. Sound mix excellent.
Narrative - The additional sequences, a few seconds here and there, actually improve the story. Adding a flashback element to the main character’s (Sidney’s) intimacy issues and obvious weird dreams. The narrative does not lose coherence due to trims.
Enjoyment - Watched this Halloween night and enjoyed it a lot. I have not watched the original in years, in fact, I’m tired of it and the boatload of sequels. This will be the version that plays at Halloween parties from now on, if only to hear someone wonder aloud if this is the unrated, European version.
Definitely one for Gaillo fans - even if you’d only watched one or two Argento or Fulci. Be aware this ain’t your daddy’s Scream, though. It looks like something Frantic Canadian picked up at the pawn shop for loose coins.
I'ts probably me. I really enjoy the movie Scream. I really looked forward to viewing this fanedit.
Neglify accomplished what he set out to do. He changed the tone a great movie and made it more edgy and in your face.
The music chosen to accomplish this just isn't in my bag of tricks. Maybe it's just age warring on me? And I know I sound like that old man who yells at the kids to get off his lawn, or turn down that loud "noise."
Because...gosh darn it, that's what this soundtrack sounded like to me, loud noise.
But in all seriousness, Neglify did make a good fanedit and did make a great movie more edgy than it already was. So cheers to that accomplishment.
What can I say about this edit that has not already been said?
This is an awesome cut of an already good film. I've always liked Scream for its novel approach to the slasher genre-- and though the idea was great and the execution good, the FEEL of the original film was that of a conventional American slasher flick. Perhaps this was the goal of Wes Craven and co. but nevertheless it did not make the film memorable from an audio-visual standpoint compared to say, Suspiria-- a film that immediately evokes certain sights and sounds simply by the feel it imparted upon me.
Enter the Giallo cut--I was hooked from the start. The trailer that precedes the film is cut to the beat of the theme from Argento's Tenebre. It immediately throws you back to the old-school giallos-- and then the first scene, brilliantly rescored and culminating in the masterful Suspiria theme. The look and sound of the film gives it a whole new texture and feel--now you not only watch the story play out, but are disturbed by it (again a reference to how disturbing the old giallos were--see Deep Red, Tenebre, Opera.. they were old school, but there was always something creepy and off about them). This mood is captured perfectly in this edit. The gruesome freeze frame over which the credits play out to great music tell you what you're in for, and even if you've seen the movie simply up to that point, you won't lose the image anytime soon-- unlike the original where, no disrespect intended, but it plays out like just another scene.
The creepy mood and look Neglify brings to the film remains through it. It feels like an old VHS you found and realize you shouldn't be watching (like when I snuck away with uncle's VHS copy of Brainscan-- nightmares for a kid sigh). The unique spin brought on by the classic music amplifies the film's horror and excitement. This edit is everything it promises to be and then some. I enjoyed the original Scream. I both enjoyed and was terrified by the Giallo cut. This will be my go-to version of the movie.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. Thank you for making this. Cheers!
Honestly, I downloaded this way back when it was originally released and although I thought the concept was cool I couldn't really get into it, and I didn't want to be a dick and give it 3/10 or something like that so I digressed...it obviously wasn't meant for me...
Anyway I rewatched this a couple of nights ago and I haven't seen Scream in a while and...I don't know, I just felt like I could accept a fanedit of Scream more than before (IMO scream1&2 are perfect movies) I like to echo another reviewer by saying that the faneditor should have cut more of the meta stuff, just to get rid of the satire and make it more giallo. It would have helped me separate this from Scream more and thereby enjoying it more. Also I thought that the music from the point Billy got “stabbed” became distracting. It’s hard to explain, it was like; here is the movie and here is the added music, and it didn’t match, that what I felt. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to how the original cut sounds like. That’s my two complains, the rest is awesome, especially the credits at the beginning (actually if I hadn’t seen the source before I would have probably crapped myself at that point. With it being vhs and all it just made it so spooky)
Such a simple idea yet so groundbreaking! More VHS fanedits that’s what we need!