Scream is my number one horror movie because you can’t go wrong with Wes Craven. He knew horror like nobody else. His horror movies would lull you into a sense of comfort with their black comedic timing and then cut the tension with a knife, sometimes literally.
Scream brought back the scream queen quality that late 80s and early 90s horror movies were lacking. Hell, Drew Barrymore is one of the stars and she didn’t survive past the first 10 minutes of the movie. Throw in Rose McGowan and Neve Campbell and you have the Charlie’s Angels of 90s horror.