August 4, 1998 |
When Kevin Williamson was 12 years old, he went to see "Halloween," John Carpenter's 1978 low-budget horror film, 10 times. The movie's intense impact on its audience--which alternately shrieked at and talked to the screen, warning the characters of their doom--made him decide, then and there, to become a filmmaker. In 1996, he made good on that vow. Williamson's horror-comedy "Scream"--his screenwriting debut--was packed with references to "Halloween" and other scary films.