Casey

Introduction

Casey Becker is the first character to appear onscreen or to speak in Scream. She dies within the first ten minutes of the film, which begs the question, why do I like her so much? Much credit can be paid to Drew Barrymore's acting skills and performance. She brought the character to life and made me feel something for Casey. A lot has be attributed to the film as well, though.

Scream Scream is a smart, witty, self-aware horror film series that plays with horror movie cliches and rules. Scream plays with the rules of a horror movie, Scream 2 plays with the rules of a sequel, Scream 3 plays with the rules of a concluding chapter in a trilogy, and Scream 4 plays with the rules of a film reboot. The series knows what is going on in the horror film genre, and pays homage to it in a way that leaves the viewer laughing just as much as it leaves the viewer feeling scared. Its characters feel like they are in a modern horror movie, and have to follow horror movie rules to survive.

Poor Casey didn't survive.

Although Casey was only in the film for ten minutes, a surprising amount of information is known about her. She was roughly 16 years of age. She was pretty and popular, and was dating a football player. She was genuinely nice and caring, which we saw at the beginning of her phone conversation with her killer. She liked horror movies.

Casey was in a lot of ways the quintessential slasher victim. She was young, pretty, alone in a big house... I think she's a lot more than that, though. Something about Casey Becker made her a horror film icon. I think it was a mixture of a lot of things: Barrymore's performance, the surprise and impact of a big actress dying so early in the film, the pathos viewers had with Casey, and the overall success of the film. Everything came together just right, and it was magic.